Creating Authentic Links between Museums and Educational Institutions: Researching Innovative Partnerships

By Marcelle Cacciattolo and Peter Haffenden.

Published by The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

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Melbourne’s Living Museum of the West is a community museum that is located in the Western region of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia. The Living Museum of the West has an abundance of resources, both secondary and primary, that inform visitors of environmental issues, Aboriginal history and cultural trends in the local area. In 2007 a collaborative team of practitioners involving The Living Museum of the West and the School of Education at Victoria University, Australia, came together to design a RIPE (Researching Innovative Partnerships in Education) project. This paper presents findings of the RIPE project. In particular it highlights the role of creating strategic partnerships between a museum, a local school and a local university. The use of an ‘interactive website’ as a tool for strengthening partnerships, creating innovative links to teaching and learning resources and improving overall learning outcomes for school students is also examined

Keywords: Technology, Partnerships, Museum, Preservice Teachers, RIPE

International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp.111-126. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 883.597KB).

Dr. Marcelle Cacciattolo

Project Partnerships Co-ordinator, School of Education, Victoria University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Dr. Marcelle Cacciattolo is a sociologist and a senior lecturer in the School of Education at Victoria University. Marcelle teaches in a diverse range of pre-service teacher education courses, conducts a range of research projects and supervises a variety of postgraduate research students. Marcelle’s particular research interests are cross-disciplinary involving health sciences and education-based research. Her research focuses are linked to the following themes - well being, inclusive education, social justice and authentic teaching and learning pedagogies.

Peter Haffenden

Director,, Melbourne’s Living Museum of the West Inc., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Peter Haffenden has been with the Museum since its inception in 1984. Now Director he has been Finance Manager and Media Coordinator and has played a central role in guiding innovative projects that manifest the philosophy of this unique ecomuseum. Peter has a background in economics, journalism, photography and arts which he enjoys bringing together to explore new ways to express the particular mix of the patchwork culture of this region he grew up in.


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