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Museum education, practical pedagogy and performance
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2013 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
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Research within informal science education has focused on mainly on learners. This paper, however, seeks to explore the educators’ situation. I specifically seek to explore informal science education in museum contexts and I focus on how museum educators mediated science in exhibitions during guided tours. To exemplify this I present material from an archaeological museum, the Historical Museum (Stockholm, Sweden). The research is based on participant observation at the said museum during the fall of 2011. I filmed and followed the educators and also conducted unstructured qualitative interviews. This paper focuses on museum educators because research has previously mainly analyzed narratives, visitors learning or the outcome and evaluation of education. This text, however, seeks to explore the embodied practical pedagogy of museum education and it centers on how museum educators perform and express the practical pedagogical situation. I also seek to connect the practical pedagogy and its performance to the museum educators’ negotiation of cultural and educational policies and to their position in the work-place hierarchy. Thus, I explore practical pedagogy as ‘as performances’ - actions coded by political and institutional agendas and as ‘restored behaviors’ – learned and repeated actions performed over a long period of time. I argue that the practical pedagogy is highly affected, but also limited, by the position that the educator occupies in the work hierarchy and how educators negotiate political policies discourses. This paper attempts to re-describe and reconsider informal science education in museum contexts. Furthermore it attempts to produce a re-description of museum education that acknowledge and draws on the practical pedagogy and the articulation thereof by practitioners. This will create a theory of practical museum pedagogy that is not only about museums but also from the museum educators’ experience and perspective.

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museum education, performance, exhibitions
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-214402OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-214402DiVA: diva2:684759
European Science Education Research Association, ESERA Conference, 2-7 September, 2013, Nikocia, Cyprus
Available from: 2014-01-08 Created: 2014-01-08 Last updated: 2014-01-15

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