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Skype Supervisor Meeting Notes 21.3.12

  • Framework for thesis
  • Double check word length
  • How to engage with kids in museums > still a developing field (but not included in education in museums > we already know how kids learn, etc. re: pedagogy)
  • Curator/Museum journals
  • 3 x institutions as case studies > compare and contrast
    • Similar size but different locations?
    • Small vs. big institutes?
    • Fine art institutions only
      • Different approaches to education > different philosophies for teaching
    • Teaching programs
  • Ethics approval process
    • Interviews: phone, physical, etc.
    • “ANU ethics form”
    • Questions, identity protection, etc.
  • Develop a paragraph proposal of what I will be looking at and start to build up a reference database
    • Flesh out a more defined topic structure
    • Literature review > what hasbeen done; developed re: background information > previous dialogues and when people started getting interested in children’s education in museums (look at old annual reports, etc. also); changing emphasis; changing (children’s) visitor numbers
      • Looking at everything > stuff can be ditched!
  • Regular weekly/monthly contact
    • Regroup on 18.4.12
  • Receive email later today with meeting recap

Follow up email from supervisor:

  • Following on from our call – some tasks:
  • Literature review – I suggest you focus on this at present, looking at any material you can find about children and art galleries. Perhaps focus on UK, maybe some US approaches, and Australia/NZ. Check annual reports from Australian major institutions for info on education and children
  • Have a good look at the major gallery websites in Australia, with a view of deciding how many and which ones you will focus on in more detail. In some ways this doesn’t matter too much – you may decide on a more general ‘thesis’ highlighting the  role of children’s education in galleries, or look at one in detail and compare with others. Think also about your actual ‘thesis’ (argument) will be – this will become clearer as you do the literature review – what question/argument do you want to answer or present?

Daily Notes 16 March 2012

Notes from supervisor:

  • The general idea is very good
  • Would probably consider just using 2 case studies
  • Starting point – children’s education and museums – literature search
  • If you plan on talking to the education staff at any institutions will need an ethics approval – good to start this now

Today’s literature search terms:

  • “children’s education and museums”
  • “children’s education and galleries”

Databases consulted (accessed via ANU):

  • Wiley Online Library
  • Project Muse
  • Art Full Text (H.W. Wilson Online)

Notes for remembering later:

  • Formal, informal, and non-formal education
  • “Museums AND education”
  • Mendeley Tip: Notes and Annotations
  • Literature search/review matrix
  • Bunch of article refs in OneNote folder


Daily Update: 15 March 2012

Today the power was out from first thing this morning until a little after 5pm. And due to the limited life of my laptop’s battery, I started the day in my notebook (possibly at the pub, where we maybe had lunch).

Without the distraction of the internet (in conjunction with my dead phone battery), I easily completed the final draft of my exhibition proposal (which I’d convinced myself was due tomorrow but, having just checked my diary for something else, is actually due Monday!)

I emailed my thesis supervisor, once the power came back on, about my thesis thoughts. Included the following:

My thesis ideas are heading towards looking at children in galleries (participatory programs, exhibition design, best practice, etc.) and using the NGA, NGV, and QAG as my case studies (relatively easy to visit, significant institutions, varying program structures, etc.) The general ‘question’/‘discussion topic’ I fleshed out before summer school is the following:

Children’s programs and resources at the NGA, NGV, and QAG: best practice, appropriateness of programs and resources, and the involvement of children throughout the institution.

I want to investigate the varying definitions of ‘children,’ what’s working and what’s not, where the institutions differ, how the programs are developed/run, and then try to form some concept of ‘best practice’ for involving children in Australian galleries, etc. and perhaps include some sort of exhibition proposal package as a way of demonstrating how these ideas could be realised by institutions.