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ERIC Number: EJ1129055
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1059-8650
Teaching Students to Teach: A Case Study from the Yale University Art Gallery
Manekin, Elizabeth; Williams, Elizabeth
Journal of Museum Education, v40 n3 p278-287 2015
The way the Yale University Art Gallery engages students and the adult public has shifted profoundly over time, a change reflected in the evolution of the museum's signature Gallery Guide program. Founded in 1998 as an organic, experimental way to better engage Yale students to give lecture-based tours, it is now a structured, well-articulated model for training students to teach the adult public from original works of art. This article presents a detailed exploration of the program's evolution, its core training principles and learning outcomes; it also raises questions for the future as the museum considers new ways of engaging students and expanded adult audiences, a conversation with implications for all types of museums. Ultimately, this case study illustrates that while training undergraduates to teach the adult public takes a great deal of staff time and effort, it yields stronger, more dynamic pedagogy and makes the Yale University Art Gallery a more vibrant teaching institution.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Connecticut (New Haven)
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