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Sparking the flame, not filling the vessel: How museum educators teach history in Australian museums


Zarmati, L, Sparking the flame, not filling the vessel: How museum educators teach history in Australian museums, Historical Encounters, 7, (3) pp. 76-91. ISSN 2203-7543 (2020) [Refereed Article]


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This paper presents some results of research undertaken in nine Australian history museums during 2010 and 2011 on the work of museum educators. The research demonstrated that museum educators use the signature pedagogy of historical inquiry to actively teach history to students. This contradicts the dominant discourse of museum education research which focuses almost entirely on constructivist learning in museums. Findings in this paper may be of interest to museum and heritage educators, classroom history teachers, pre-service history educators and museum and heritage researchers. The case studies offer cultural institutions examples of how historical inquiry can be used to teach history in museums and heritage sites.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:history, historical inquiry, pedagogy, constructivism, museums, formal learning
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Humanities and social sciences curriculum and pedagogy (excl. economics, business and management)
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
UTAS Author:Zarmati, L (Dr Louise Zarmati)
ID Code:141828
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2020-11-24
Last Modified:2022-08-23
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