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The Role of Museums in Education Reform

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The Role of Museums in Education Reform

  1. 1. The Role of Museums in Education Reform Wendy Ng Manager of Learning Royal Ontario Museum
  2. 2. Royal Ontario Museum
  3. 3. Toronto
  4. 4. 2011 National Household Survey of Toronto population • 2.6 million people • 49% were immigrants • 51% were born outside of Canada • 49% identified as a “visible minority” • Top three “visible minority” groups: 12% South Asian, 11% Chinese, and 9% Black • 0.8% identified as Indigenous: 67% First Nations, 25% Métis, 2% Inuk (Inuit), and 1% multiple Indigenous identities • From 2006-2011, fastest growing age groups:60 64 and‐ 85+; declining age groups: 5 14 and 35 44‐ ‐ • 28.2% are between 0 24 years old‐
  5. 5. Cultural Attractions in Toronto • Royal Ontario Museum • Ontario Science Centre • Art Gallery of Ontario • Toronto Zoo • CN Tower • Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art • Bata Shoe Museum • Ripley’s Aquarium • Aga Khan Museum
  6. 6. Ontario
  7. 7. Ontario is big!
  8. 8. Canada
  9. 9. World Cultures and Natural History
  10. 10. Happy 100th Birthday!
  11. 11. Guided Tours led by Staff
  12. 12. Hands-on Labs – Touch “real” objects!
  13. 13. Self-Guided Visits – Support materials
  14. 14. Virtual Visits – Geography is not a barrier!
  15. 15. Travelling Programs – Bring the ROM to you!
  16. 16. Educational Reform by Provincial Government
  17. 17. Full-day Early Learning and Kindergarten Programs
  18. 18. Increase Literacy and Numeracy Rates
  19. 19. Increase high school graduation rates
  20. 20. Digital Technology in Schools
  21. 21. Teacher Professional Learning
  22. 22. Curriculum Revisions
  23. 23. Historical Response to Reform • Revised programs based on curriculum revisions • High school co-operative education placements at the ROM • Built Digital Gallery and created Virtual Visits to incorporate digital technology • Formed a Teacher Advisory Committee • Delivered professional learning workshops for teachers and student teachers • Attended annual conferences of subject associations • Seconded teachers from school boards to work at the ROM
  24. 24. Principles Guiding Our Current Response “Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.” – Rabindranath Tagore •Relevant and Responsive: 21st century learning, educational reform, Museum collections & research •Student-Centred: Pedagogical approach (constructivism) and teaching methodologies (inquiry-based, anti-oppressive) •Object-Based: What are the strengths of our collection? Leverage our unique curatorial assets •Accountable: Gather input and measure the impact of our programs on students, teachers, staff
  25. 25. Current Response to Reform • Invest in staff professional learning focused on student-centred pedagogical approaches and teaching methodologies • Develop new programs focused on key goals of reform (early learners, literacy and numeracy, high school graduation rates) in addition to curriculum revisions • Incorporate digital technology as a teaching tool in school visits and plan for on-going investment in digital learning (equipment, staffing, virtual visits, online experiences)
  26. 26. Current Response (cont’d) • Develop deeper relationships with educational stakeholders: – Re-establish Teacher Advisory Circle to address barriers to visiting, advise on programming and marketing, teacher professional learning – Work in partnership with teacher unions and subject associations to increase professional capacity of teachers to use museum as a teaching and learning resource
  27. 27. Wendy Ng Manager of Learning Royal Ontario Museum wendyn@rom.on.ca www.rom.on.ca/schools www.facebook.com/royalontariomuseum @ROMtoronto @twin_muses Tak! Thank you!
  28. 28. Credits • ROM Images • http://www.cbc.ca/news2/interactives/before-after/toronto-condos/images/toronto-skyline-muise-after2012rb.jpg • http://www1.toronto.ca/city_of_toronto/social_development_finance__administration/files/pdf/nhs_backgrounder.pdf • http://www1.toronto.ca/city_of_toronto/social_development_finance__administration/files/pdf/censusbackgrounder_ag eandsex_2011.pdf • http://www.unesco.org/new/en/social-and-human-sciences/themes/fight-against-discrimination/coalition-of- cities/good-practices/toronto/ • http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-wtXOLGvWacQ/T5IpWhokGrI/AAAAAAAABRA/6d9o5zSTUyQ/s1600/ontario-regions-map.png • http://www.rainbowtourism.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/map-of-canada-by-Regions_travelgaycanada.jpg • http://www.rom.on.ca/collections/ • http://www.rom.on.ca/en/rom-recollects/stories/grade-5-at-the-rom • https://shawglobalnews.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/vote-here.jpg?w=720 • http://www.canadianbusiness.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/kindergarten-class-cc-by-woodleywonderworks.jpg • http://www.eqao.com/categories/home.aspx?Lang=E • http://www.thestar.com/content/dam/thestar/life/parent/2009/03/09/ontarios_high_school_graduation_rate_grows/gr aduation.jpeg • http://learningforwardontario.ca/images/img2.jpg • http://i2.wp.com/vipmedia.globalnews.ca/2014/01/math-class-file.jpg?crop=0px%2C10px%2C720px %2C480px&resize=720%2C480 • http://www.boldinternet.com/images/content/work/education_3.png

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