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ERIC Number: EJ804101
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1059-8650
Blending Pedagogy and Content: A New Curriculum for Museum Teachers
Castle, M. Christine
Journal of Museum Education, v31 n2 p123-132 Sum 2006
This article examines how curriculum studies can inform training and development programs for museum teachers (docents, interpreters, guides, gallery educators, and so on). It focuses on the results of a year-long study done with eight museum teachers in three Canadian informal learning settings. A key aim of this research was to examine the question of how museum teachers believe they learn to teach. The challenges and complexities of museum teaching are revealed and analyzed in order to identify effective approaches to training and development. While agreeing that all aspects of teacher understanding are important, the author concludes that pedagogical content knowledge, or the blending of content and pedagogy, is the area on which museums must focus in order to fulfill the potential of museum teachers and teaching. (Contains 21 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada