Using Museums as an Educational Resource: An Introductory Handbook for Students and Teachers

Using Museums as an Educational Resource: An Introductory Handbook for Students and Teachers


By (author) Graeme K. Talboys


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  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Limited
  • Format: Hardback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm x 18mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 30 November 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Aldershot
  • ISBN 10: 1409401456
  • ISBN 13: 9781409401452
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: includes c. 4 line drawings
  • Sales rank: 1,091,477

Product description

Visits to museums have long been recognised as an important aspect of the education of young people. Not only do they introduce them to the many and varied forms of our material culture, they also introduce them to social, philosophical and spiritual themes and situations that are difficult to experience elsewhere. This book aims, through the discussion of theory and practise, to provide a comprehensive introduction for students, practising teachers and other educators to all that is required to make good educational use of museums. It does so in a number of ways. To begin with, it explores what museums are, their value in the education of children and why they require special teaching skills. It then goes on to look at the practicalities of planning, preparing and conducting a visit. Next, it introduces the basic skills involved in working with the resource (such as sites, buildings, objects and the like) that are required to make the best educational use of museums. Finally, it considers ways of following-up work done outside the classroom, including some of the longer term strategies that teachers should consider.

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Author information

Graeme K. Talboys has a degree in philosophy and education as well as a teaching qualification. He has considerable experience as a teacher, community education worker, and a museum education officer.

Table of contents

Introduction; Part I First Principles: What is a museum?; Why take pupils to museums?; Why special skills are necessary to use museums for teaching.; Part II Preparatory Strategies: Aspects of a visit; Planning a visit - general; Planning a visit - risk assessment; Preparing for a visit - the teacher; Preparing for a visit - the pupils; The visit.; Part III Using the Resource: Working on or with a site; Working with a building; Working with objects; Working with pictorial material; Working with documentary material; Using a loan service; Using simulation; Using the written word; Using online and digital sources.; Part IV Following-Trough: Follow-up; Longer term strategies; Bibliography; Index.