I have been doing a bit of reading about the interaction between classroom teachers and museum educators when designing school programs. Turns out there isn’t any, or at least, there is very little. So, what can be done? To me, it seems like a no-brainer. Ask the people who use the museum what they want from the museum.
The Noguchi Museum in New York has a really interesting take on this. They formed a Think Tank made up of teachers and museum educators to explore the the question, “What does success look like for a school tour at an art museum?” The group met five times over the 2012/2013 school year and published their findings which were in the form of suggestions for those “booking, participating in, offering, and leading art museum tours for school groups.”(Noguchi Museum, 2012/13 Teacher Think Tank).
This is where it gets really interesting. When I looked at the document and then looked at the way school programs are offered and presented in 2013/14 it turns out the museum acted on all of the suggestions. They immediately changed old policy. Cool.
What do you think?