It has long been recognised that students (and teachers!) are important audiences for museums, through both visiting our physical sites and interacting with us online. The educational value of field trips is also widely understood, as outlined in this post: “Taking students to an art museum improves critical thinking skills, and more”.
At the museum we have a talented and dedicated group of 22 or so teacher guides who, each year, deliver over 1,000 onsite programs to around 35,000 students, along with being great ambassadors for the museum and our educational values.
Thanks to all of you for your substantial efforts this year and looking forward to working with you in 2015!
And for those interested, here’s some further resources on museum education:
- Griffin, J. (2011). The museum education mix: students, teachers and museum educators. In Griffin, D. and Paroissien, L. Understanding Museums: Australian Museums and Museology.
- Kelly, L. (2014). Student Learning in Museums: what do we know? Blog post.
- Kelly, L. (2011). Student learning in museums resources. Blog post.
- Museum Commons blog
- Museum Questions blog
- Museum Questions blog resource page