Students and Museum Share in the Fruit of Learning

By Isabel Termini-Fridrich and Michelle Shepherd.

Published by The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

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Article: Electronic $US5.00

Museum content can be generated by a visitor group. We describe how and share some significant difficulties encountered when implementing such bold social curating projects. For example, “Erik ist sauer!” is the informal title of a long-term project between 14 public school students and the Wien Museum. The students are loosely engaged as museum consultants for four years. More interestingly, some of their families have recently immigrated to Vienna and they may have special educational needs. In March 2010, the students made their first exhibition. In this article we show and tell how the process has been accompanied by museum professionals.

Keywords: City Museums, Collaborative Learning and Collecting, Community Outreach, Empowerment, Intercultural Competence, Participation, Process Work, School and Museum Relations, Social Curating, Urban Ecology

International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.85-94. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 896.139KB).

Isabel Termini-Fridrich

Director of Interpretation, Department of Interpretation and Education, Wien Museum, Vienna, Austria

Isabel studied archeology, art and architectural history at the University of Vienna. As Director of Interpretation and Education for the Wien Museum, she encourages revelatory play, sensory awareness and cross-cultural communication.

Dr. Michelle Shepherd

Doctoral Candidate, College of Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado, Denver, USA

Michelle emphasizes public interpretation programs within natural and cultural resource management. She is an ecologist, practicing research and teaching in history, theory and criticism of the environment.

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