#MuseumEdOz is launched

Over the past few months I’ve been working with the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney as a Visiting Research Fellow. We have been exploring how we can engage education audiences with learning and social media (you can read more here and here on initial thinking). It has been such an exciting adventure…

A spontaneous observation of energized museum learning

I’ve just begun a new partnership with the Museum of Applies Arts and Sciences (MAAS) as their inaugural Visiting Research Fellow. This is an exciting new adventure for both the museum and myself. Most importantly for me this is a significant new opportunity to be able to explore my research in museum education. My fellowship…

Adolescents, their relationship with teachers and coping skills to adjust to teacher classroom management strategies.

The classroom, as a social setting for learning, provides a dynamic, yet bounded, set of conditions that engage and affect the learning process. These conditions serve either to support or constrain development of learners (Grossman, Smagorinsky & Valencia, 1999; Martin 2004). From this sociocultural perspective learning is viewed as an active process in which knowledge…

#warshipbootcamp has begun

Over the past two days 26 idea generators have been working together at the Australian National Maritime Musuem to look at what curriculum material could be developed for a massive new program – the Warships Pavilion. As a collective we come from a variety of different backgrounds (curators, museum educators, curriculum policy makers, teacher educators, technology experts,…

Making connections and keeping connected

I’m in Hong Kong at the moment attending the #HERDSA14 conference and thought I’d share the poster presentation my colleagues and I have prepared for those who can’t be here. Making connections and keeping connected: Engaging diverse learners across multiple sites Our research team: Dr Narelle Lemon, Professor Tanya Fitzgerald, Dr Caroline Walta, Dr Deborah…

Making your move in a Collaboration: Tips to enhance your team to gel

Collaborations in learning and teaching are very common. We can consider them to be a part of the learning environment from the perspective of both being a teacher and a learner. Common scenarios include: TEACHER: a. Planning for curriculum in teams b. Collaborating to seek funding c. Collaborations on a project that is design dot…

Richness of children’s narratives

There is a tendency in education to think of children’s narratives or creative narrative or visual narrative purely as a verbal element or verbal communication, either spoken or written (Wright, 2011). However focus on the ‘visual narrative related to children’s drawings, [images or photographs] emphasizes and offers the richness of the accompanying interactions as children…

Can you fail your friends?

Post by: Ruth Moeller Image: from Elgin County Archives, sourced via flikr Ruth Moeller is a recent psychology student, lecturer in tertiary education and advisor on learning and teaching at RMIT University. She thinks that learning should be without boundaries but relationships should. Can you fail your friends? This was a discussion I was having…