Seminar 1, The Research Landscape

Learning research seminar
28 November 2013
The Natural History Museum

Bringing together learning practitioners and academics, the first seminar in our series addressed the natural history museum learning research landscape to date.

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At the Research Landscape seminar we examined the Wellcome’s Review of Informal Science Learning (2012) and explored key findings from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History’s Colloquium on Transforming Natural History Museums in the Twenty-first Century (2012).

Attendees then discussed implications for a research framework for learning in UK natural history museums.

The seminar included speeches from:

Professor Sir John Holman, Senior Education Advisor for the Wellcome Trust and a Trustee of the Natural History Museum, provided an overview of the Wellcome’s Review of Informal Science Learning and discussed implications for natural history museums.

Associate Professor Kevin Crowley, University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Learning in Out of School Environments, and Dr Bill Watson, previously Chief of Onsite Learning, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, outlined current practices and developments in US institutions. These speeches were presented via recorded video.

Watch Prof Kevin Crowley's speech on YouTube

Watch Dr Bill Watson's speech on YouTube

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

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