Museum educators and academics will discuss the complexities of learning in rich natural history environments at six seminars organised in partnership with King's College London and sponsored by ESRC.
The two-year series of seminars will explore different aspects of learning outside the classroom, including facilitation, authenticity, audiences and the use of digital media.
Each seminar will cover relevant theoretical perspectives and discuss possible future research projects. The aim is to transform the understanding of learning not only within natural history museums but also within the broader museum education sector.
The series has the following objectives:
The first seminar, held in November 2013, addressed the natural history museum learning research landscape to date.
The second seminar, held in March 2014, focused on implementing a learning research culture within natural history settings.
This third seminar focused on developing research questions and mini-research studies to address authenticity in informal contexts.