The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Publication: Museum Education Monitor (MEM)

From H-Museum:

Ongoing museum education research or evaluation project?

MUSEUM EDUCATION MONITOR (MEM), the e-newsletter, is now compiling a list of ongoing research and evaluation projects on questions related to museum/gallery/historic site education and interpretation for our upcoming April 2007 issue. Projects by students, academics, practitioners (paid and volunteer) are equally welcome.


If you wish to share your research or evaluation with others around the world, please send an e-mail to mem@mccastle.com that includes:

- name of project
- research or evaluation question(s) [no more than 50 words, please]
- how the data will be presented [report, article, dissertation, program, training event, workshop, curriculum, plan for change, etc.]
- principal researcher(s)/ evaluator(s)
- site(s) where research is being conducted
- time span
- contact information
- key words to describe the project [no more than 4 or 5, please]

Deadline for this issue is *Friday April 13, 2007*

Listings are, of course, free of charge. Submissions are included in the current MEM and catalogued afterwards in our archives, which now contains over 1,000 entries. Full access to the MEM Archives is available only to subscribers. However, time-limited guest passes are available to students and interested others by contacting MEM at mem@mccastle.com.

FYI, the following research projects were listed in MEM, February 2007:

- The Impact of the Kids' Science State (KSS) Initiative on Scientific Literacy in the Western Australian Community (Australia)

- Blogging, Podcasting, Web 2.0 and social networking in Art Museums worldwide and its affect on internet traffic in comparison to a independent and underground art gallery in Montreal (Canada)

- Front-end, formative, and summative evaluation of a school program on climate change and future mobility at the Deutsches Museum Munich as part of the EU PENCIL project (Germany)

- Teacher Usage of Art Museum Online Curriculum and Lesson Plans (USA)

- Learning in and from Museum Study Centers: A Harvard University Art Museums (HUAM) / Harvard Project Zero Research Collaboration (USA)

- Engagement in an Art Museum [MOMA](USA)

- Museums and Communities: A Case Study of the 2005 Institute of Museum and Library Services National Award Winners (USA)

- New Perspectives in Historical Interpretation [National Trust](USA)

- The Art of Problem Solving [Guggenheim](USA)

Also including UPDATES on research listed in earlier issues of MEM:

- Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Science Centre Impact Project (Australia)

- Contemporary Art Practice and Pedagogy: an investigation of the Artist-Teacher Scheme (UK)

A complimentary copy of the February 2007 issue of Museum Education Monitor noted above is available upon request to mem@mccastle.com .

Please get in touch for more information about this call or to discuss your research. We look forward to hearing from you.

M. Christine Castle, Editor, Museum Education Monitor Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
mem@mccastle.com
For more information about Museum Education Monitor, please visit http://www.mccastle.com

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