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ERIC Number: EJ1173754
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0260-1370
Finding a New Voice: Lifelong Learning Experiences in Museum Volunteering
Dahl, Mette Irene
International Journal of Lifelong Education, v37 n1 p120-133 2018
'Working with you all and finding my voice as an educator has changed my life', one of the retirees said as we were discussing their experiences as museum volunteers. When I was given a two-year contract as a museum educator to contribute to the renewal of a maritime museum in Norway by designing and developing a broad ranging outreach programme, few resources were available. Consisting of retirees from the maritime industry, the Friends of the Museum enlisted as volunteers and so began a fruitful collaboration that would turn into friendships and impact all our lives. This article is a discussion of the lifelong learning potentials of museum volunteer work and how it may affect an individual's identity. The article describes that collaboration and how the volunteers perceive their motives, expectations and experiences. It describes some of the effects it had on the museum and how the volunteers' efforts were received, viewed in light of the employment of public pedagogy strategies in museums. This is a story of a few individuals, of one singular period, a small moment under a microscope that may suggest a larger picture.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Norway
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