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Contemporary Museum Education

Pratt Institute via Kadenze


This class provides a theoretical and practical understanding of the growing field of contemporary museum education. It includes an examination of the changes occurring in art and design educational paradigms within the museum world, the evolving nature of museums as institutions with educational missions, along with learning and interpretive theories unique to the museum context. The class provides an extensive hands-on component devoted to the special methods, practices, and skills associated with teaching with artworks, and in designing educational material, projects, programs and innovative learning experiences within the art and design museum settings. The course also explores critical issues facing the field through theory, practice, and the analysis of case studies, including audience diversity, collaboration with schools and communities, the rethinking of museum missions and practices, and the potential for innovation and avant-garde practice within the field.

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  • Principles, Foundations, and the Contemporary Museum Educator
    • This session includes an introduction to the components, history and function of museum education.
  • Beyond Teaching and the Museum Education Environment
    • This session will cover how museum education and curation come together, along with examples of educational resources outside of the museum environment.
  • Expansion and Transformation of the Gallery Learning Experience (GLEx)
    • This session will explore further variations of the Gallery Learning Experience and how to develop critical educational and museographic practices in museum settings.
  • Curating the Learning Experience
    • This session will focus on designing gallery learning experiences and engaging museum audiences.
  • New Frontiers and Innovations in Museum Education
    • In the final session, we will go over the potential of new innovations in museum education, and the future of museum education in the ecosystem of learning as a whole.

Taught by

Amir Parsa


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