Museums and Higher Education Working Together: Challenges by Jos Boys, Anne Boddington

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During the last 20 years the academic function of the museum has become crucial to its challenge. There at the moment are way more academic possibilities, new areas, new interfaces - either electronic and actual, and an increasing number of schooling and interpretation departments, academic curators and public engagement programmes. regardless of those advancements, besides the fact that, larger schooling has remained a marginal collaborator in comparison to basic and secondary colleges and to different kinds of grownup studying. This has intended that the probabilities for partnerships among universities, faculties, museums and galleries has remained quite unexplored, specially in terms of their power for producing leading edge styles of analysis and learning.This booklet addresses the major concerns that are fighting such partnerships and examines find out how to allow greater and inventive connections among museums and better schooling. The authors establish conceptual and sensible limitations and discover no matter if present educational versions are healthy for function. They argue that as pressures mount on public academic assets around the globe, there should be an pressing bring up within the trade of data throughout those sectors and the forging of world-class scholarly partnerships. Examples of analysis undertaken across the world supply top perform versions for collaboration and integration.This booklet can be obligatory interpreting for museum and academic experts and people drawn to conducting museum/higher schooling partnerships. it is going to even be of curiosity to these fascinated with coverage and decision-making in schooling, the museum quarter and nationwide and native executive.

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Reasons for partnership vary but in most cases external funding is a key incentive, which of course begs the question as to whether partnerships between museums and universities are sustainable without it? The piecemeal and ad-hoc nature of partnership is highlighted throughout the report. Partnerships were mainly framed around the concept of knowledge transfer, a term used to describe the passing of information between the research base and user community including collaborative research, development and training.

Farnham: Ashgate. Cutts, P. 2010. Working in partnership is a necessity not a luxury. Museums Journal, 110(1), 19. Dawson, J. and Gilmore, A. 2009. Shared Interest: Developing Collaborations, Partnerships and Research Relationships between Higher Education, Museums, Galleries and Visual Arts Organisations in the North West. Renaissance North West. eScholar ID:66640. DCMS. 2000. The Learning Power of Museums – A Vision for Museum Education. London: HMSO. DCMS. 2003. A Research Strategy for DCMS, 2003–2005/06, unpublished.

2004. Creampuffs & hardball: Are you really worth what you cost? Museum News, 73(5), 42–3. This page has been left blank intentionally Part II Strategic Alliances, Knowledge Exchange and Opportunities This part includes four contrasting chapters that address educational challenges and present possibilities for new and enhanced forms of learning that extend across universities and museums. What also draws these authors and ideas together is a shared recognition and understanding of learning as a continuum that can occur anywhere and through many different media irrespective of the originating sector.

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