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How to make relevant encounters and meet audiences within the changing school world?

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Presentation in conference "Informal Approach to Formal Education: a Teacher as an Object and a Subject of Museum Education" at Moscow on October 25-27th 2018

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How to make relevant encounters and meet audiences within the changing school world?

  1. 1. HOW TO MAKE RELEVANT ENCOUNTERS AND MEET AUDIENCES WITHIN THE CHANGING SCHOOL WORLD? Sanna Valoranta-Saltikoff M.Soc.Sci, BA Educator Espoo City Museum
  2. 2. EDUCAT OR
  3. 3. EDUCATO R
  4. 4. ESPOO: Networked City Structure
  5. 5. ESPOO CITY MUSEUM Five museums – countless meaningful encounters FINLAN D RUSSIA ESPOO
  6. 6. • The new curriculum in Finnish basic education and in early childhood education calls on teachers to use museums as a learning environment Espoo City Museum 2017 SCHOOL CHILDREN ARE FUTURE MUSEUM CUSTOMERS
  7. 7. SCHOOLS AND MUSEUMS IN FINLAND SCHOOLS • Over 3200 comprehensive schools in Finland • All Finnish schools follows a national core curriculum, which includes the objectives and core contents of different subjects • Comprehensive school and the basic education is non-selective, free and equal • Basic education starts at age 7 and encompasses 9 years • Education and schools are under Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI), which is a national development agency. EDUFI is subordinate to the Ministry of Education and Culture and its tasks and organisation are set in the legislation. MUSEUMS • Over 300 professionally maintained museum sites, as well as several hundred non-professional museums • 55% Finnish museums have free entrance for children under 18 years • An average of 12% of all museum visitors are school children in Finnish museums • The Finnish Museums Association is the central organisation for museums in Finland. Its tasks include looking after museums´ interests and advancing museums´ activities. • The Finnish Heritage Agency is a national institute for protecting environments with cultural history value, archaeological culture heritage and architectural heritage. It also supports and develops the museum field nationally. Operates under the Ministry of Education and Culture.
  8. 8. NEW NATIONAL CORE CURRICULUM IN BASIC EDUCATION • The key goals of the new curriculum → Pupil participation → Increasing the meaningfulness of learning → Enable every pupil to feel successful • The new core curriculum places an emphasis on transversal competences in instruction • An Example from Espoo: https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=TZwxyUf8a78 KNOWLEDGE | SKILLS | VALUES | ATTITUDES | WILL Picture: Finnish National Agency for Education TRANSVERSAL COMPETENCES
  9. 9. HOW TO MAKE RELEVANT ENCOUNTERS AND MEET AUDIENCES WITHIN THE CHANGING SCHOOL WORLD? 1) Free museum visits for groups from day care centres and schools 2) Educational programmes in museums and local cultural education plan 3) Taking part and promoting national and local projects aiming to increase pupil participation and accessibility to culture services 4) Educational afternoons for teachers 5) Service development together with teachers and children and piloting new services with school groups 6) Marketing and communications for teachers
  10. 10. EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES IN ESPOO CITY MUSEUM • We create special educational concepts for schools during every annual season and every changing exhibition at the Museum • The educational programme is based on the Finnish basic education curriculum • Our program is part of the local cultural education plan • Our principles in school services: → ’Ask, touch and try’ → Hands-on → Use of appropriate methods: drama, gamification etc.
  11. 11. NATIONAL PROJECTS Photo: National Museum of Finland
  12. 12. • Project coordinated by Association of Cultural Heritage Education in Finland and Finnish Museum Association • School pupils, together with museums, produce content related to cultural heritage using a mobile application. • Aims of the project: → To support children in participating in cultural heritage → To create new kinds of collaboration with schools and museums → To promote the role of museums as a learning environment NATIONAL PROJECT CASE: MOBILE GUIDES TO THE CULTURAL HERITAGE
  13. 13. LOCAL PROJECT CASE: CULTURAL AND SPORTS PATH “KULPS!” IN ESPOO • KULPS! is an educational tool for Espoo schools used to promote cooperation between the schools and cultural and sports institutions • The KULPS! content is a free part of the education program for basic education school groups • Different content for different school grades: museum visits, workshops, theater plays, concert visits. Content is planned according to the curriculum. • Espoo City Museum and Espoo City Library are the biggest service providers in the KULPS organization • See more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yA2qVdKW4 s
  14. 14. EDUCATION FOR TEACHERS • Comprehensive school teachers in Finland must take part in at least 3 educational workshops every school year • Espoo City Museum is one of the educational workshop providers in Espoo • Our purpose is: → To provide inspiration for schools → Familiarise teachers with the museum → Encourage them to use the museum services
  15. 15. SERVICE DEVELOPMENT AND PILOTING • We are never ‘ready’ • Schools are changing, teaching is changing, the whole world is changing • How to offer better services to schools and day care groups? • How can we know what they need? → Customer-oriented service planning • Piloting – a way to create something totally new!
  16. 16. PILOT CASE: PROJECT ESPOO IN THE CIVIL WAR Project aims: → collect and research material about civil war time in Espoo → make a temporary exhibition and publish a book → involve audience and make the history matter • One part of the project was collaboration with upper secondary schools • The Espoo City Museum’s youth collaboration in the project Espoo in the Civil War is the winner of the 2018 Annual Award in Museum pedagogy
  17. 17. WHEN THE HISTORY MATTERS “This project was cool because for once I got to go much deeper into the history and really explore. History classes are usually just about dates and important events but in the workshop I had a chance to experience the history, the life.”
  18. 18. MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS FOR TEACHERS • Working togehter with teachers • Newsletters for teachers • Taking part in fairs and other events for teachers • Sending the educational programme brochure to schools at the beginning of the school year • Cultural education web pages – all information on same pages
  19. 19. CHALLENGES AND DEVELOPMENT NEEDS COLLABORATION WITH TEACHERS LONGTERM COLLABORATION VS. PROJECTS UNEQUAL POSSIBILITIES RESOURCES AND MONEY
  20. 20. HOW WE SUCCEED IN RELEVANT ENCOUNTERS WITHIN THE CHANGING SCHOOL WORLD? COLLABORATION WITH TEACHERS AND EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTES ACCEPT THAT YOU ARE NOT READY SUBMIT RESPONSIBILITY TO CHILDREN ASK MORE THAN GIVE ANSWERS TEAMWORK DARE TO FAIL
  21. 21. 12/4/2018 21 СПАСИБО! KIITOS! THANK YOU! sanna.valoranta- saltikoff@espoo.fi www.espoonkaupunginmuseo .fi

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