I'm currently attending a workshop on developing educational strategies for museums in a rapidly developing part of the world. Here's some resources for background reading.
Developing any kind of strategy is a challenge and working up an educational strategy for the cultural heritage sector can be complex. With my audience research and Web 2.0 hat on here's some resources I think will be helpful as background reading/thinking.
1. Online Learning
Learning trends in an online world: What the Horizons 2010 report has to say
Horizons report 2010 Museum edition: Three blog posts summarising this report. Start here and follow the link. What's next?
What does this research/thinking mean?
2. Museum Learning
Learning in museums literature review: Chapter 2 from my thesis that summarises literature on learning generally and museum learning specifically, as well as applying my findings to practice (Chapter 7)
Learning in museums section of website has resources, research and other findings
3. Educational websites
Developing educational websites: investigating internet use by students and teachers: Papre outlining study of students ad teachers use of websites. Also has links to other papers and resources on right-hand side
e-kids college: notes about a workshop held with schol students when developing AM website
Web to Classroom workshop: "On Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 November 2009 we held web to classroom workshops with primary and secondary teachers. The aim was to find out how teachers are using the web in their classrooms and how we can work more closely with them via our own website." Here are the notes.
What do these studies tell us?
4. Audience Research
Evaluation, Research and Communities of Practice: Program Evaluation in Museums: Introduction to audience research paper
Models of museum visitor research: my current thinking on the state of play in audience research 2010
5. Australian Museum Education Projects and Activities
Museum in a Box: "... an exciting outreach program for educational institutions and students in New South Wales. There are over 25 different boxes containing a treasure trove of real museum specimens, casts, artefacts, dioramas, images, DVDs, CDs, games, books and web resources. The fun activities for children are explained in the Teachers' notes and information about the topic is given on large panels. Each box has a theme and the activities are linked to the school syllabus." (Karen Player, MIAB)
My Cultural Object: "We went to a school in Sydney to find out what cultural objects are personally significant to Year 5 students. What we found was intriguing and, in some cases, quite moving." (Helen Wheeler, Education Officer)
Gagali the Gecko on Facebook (Laura McBride, Indigenous Education Officer)
Bugwise for schools citizen science program (Science Communication Unit)
6. Other resources