Learning research seminars

Building a Collaborative Learning Research Agenda for Natural History Museums

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.

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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:

  • Develop a network of academics and natural history museum learning stakeholders.
  • Promote the potential contribution of natural history museums to academic learning research and theorisation.
  • Develop a tailored learning research agenda to be reflected in both professional and academic publications.
  • Create a solid base agenda for future research bids.
  • Demonstrate what natural history museums can offer as academic research sites for out of classroom learning.
  • Support collaboration between academics, natural history museums and UK funding agencies.
  • Foster international collaboration with overseas researchers and stakeholders.

Presented by the Natural History Museum in partnership with King's College London, sponsored by ESRC.

King's College London
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