Changing Perceptions: Reconceptualizing Museums’ Training Programs for Seasonal Educators

Presenter(s): 

Shannon Kraichy, Masters Candidate, University of British Columbia

Museum educators have a variety of roles and duties, and may fill volunteer, part-time, full-time, seasonal, or permanent positions. These educators often come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, including teacher education, museum studies, the museum's content specialty, and the performing arts. With all the different background educators come from, museums must develop training that helps these educators offer engaging, entertaining, and high-quality programming. To meet this end, museum educators require training in the museum's content and pedagogical and educational practices to facilitate learning and enjoyment for the wide variety of visitors that come to museums. The literature on training museum educators is limited, but research on seasonal museum educators is particularly sparse. This study aimed to address this gap.

 

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