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The Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning through Design (CETLD) and the Art Design Media Subject Centre of the Higher Education Academy (ADM-HEA) are organising a symposium to explore art and design students’ learning from museums and their collections.

This one-day event will take place at the V&A’s Sackler Centre for Arts Education on 24 April 2009.
Research conducted by CETLD at the V&A, identified limited targeted educational provision for higher education design students in museums. The same research suggested ambivalence from museum educators about the most effective ways in which to support higher education students’ learning from museums; this is in spite of the fact that tutors see the role of the museum as “an academic facilitator, supporting student learning…” (Speight, 2007). Similarly, tutors were ambivalent about ways that they can support students’ learning from museums, although they believe that museums do provide a range of valuable learning opportunities.

The day will include a number of facilitated discussion groups exploring the following:

•          The activities and role/s of museum educators and higher education tutors in enriching students’ learning from museums and their collections.
•          Research underpinning activities to support higher education students learning from museums and their collections.

If you are a museum practitioner or higher educator tutor, we would be interested to hear about successful and/or challenging projects, events, activities and research to support and develop higher education design students’ learning in the museum. If you would be interested in presenting your work as part of a facilitated discussion group, please submit a 500 word abstract accompanied by visual material (if available) to Catherine Speight at cspeight@vam.ac.uk

 Deadline: Friday 21st November 2008

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