GROWING AUDIENCES ENGAGING CHILDREN AND FAMILIES SUMMIT 21

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GROWING AUDIENCES: ENGAGING CHILDREN AND FAMILIES SUMMIT 21 NOVEMBER 2017, ACMI, MELBOURNE SUPPORTING FRAMEWORKS

GROWING AUDIENCES: ENGAGING CHILDREN AND FAMILIES SUMMIT 21 NOVEMBER 2017, ACMI, MELBOURNE SUPPORTING FRAMEWORKS AND RESEARCH LET’S GO TO THE MUSEUM: MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY NATIONAL RESEARCH COLLABORATION Presented by: Annalice Creighton, Programs Coordinator at Australian National Maritime Museum, Lily Katakouzinos, Head of Programs, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Kate Phillips, Senior Curator, Science Exhibitions at Museum Victoria

Macquarie University Research Partners Project would not have been possible without the enormous expertise

Macquarie University Research Partners Project would not have been possible without the enormous expertise and enthusiasm of our Macquarie University Research Partners (who regrettably could not be with us today) A/Prof Sheila Degotardi, Ph. D Dr Fay Hadley Dr Helen Little Dr Yeshe Colliver Department of Educational Studies Macquarie University Since moved on to exciting new ventures, thanks also to: A/Prof Marina Papic Dr Katey De Gioia Dr Kate Highfield

‘supporting children in becoming a member of a community of learners’ Why research of

‘supporting children in becoming a member of a community of learners’ Why research of this kind is important: • unpacking pervasive stereotypes around children and families • providing evidence-based knowledge about how kids learn in museums • incorporating current research and theory around early learning into our daily practice • revealing untapped opportunities and making the museum experience more rewarding for a large proportion of our visitors • Fostering enthusiasm about families and children in our organisations

Photograph by Dianna Snape

Photograph by Dianna Snape

Let’s go to the Museum: An investigation of the expectations and learning engagement of

Let’s go to the Museum: An investigation of the expectations and learning engagement of prior-to-school aged children and their families Overview of what we did: • Data collection by Macquarie University researchers, facilitated by museum staff at the three museums • We invited families (six per venue) to visit particular exhibitions and recorded what they did • • ‘expert’ member family with ‘guest’ family • ‘novice’ family visit alone The following week, researchers interviewed each family about their visit

… and what was great about it! Image from http: //www. geekmummy. com/

… and what was great about it! Image from http: //www. geekmummy. com/

“more than just interpreting content, …. learning to become a competent ‘museum learner’. "

“more than just interpreting content, …. learning to become a competent ‘museum learner’. " Research highlights • • • Physical comfort is not trivial Spaces for proximal and distal parental involvement New experiences and novelty Multi-modality Different physical perspectives Intricate detail Use of technical language and shared knowledge Content/design sparks curiosity of BOTH parent and child Finding real world connections

Galleries used for the study Transport Hall, Powerhouse Museum Navigators Exhibition, National Maritime Museum

Galleries used for the study Transport Hall, Powerhouse Museum Navigators Exhibition, National Maritime Museum of Australia Wild Exhibition, Melbourne Museum

Galleries used for the study Navigators

Galleries used for the study Navigators

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM Key takeaways - how the research is informing what ANMM

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM Key takeaways - how the research is informing what ANMM is doing • Exhibitions (core and temporary) • Facilities and visitor services • Stop gap solutions • Audiences • Future

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM Core: Traditional exhibitions / Temporary: Interactive play-based Image: christineknight. me

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM Core: Traditional exhibitions / Temporary: Interactive play-based Image: christineknight. me

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM Facilities and visitor services

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM Facilities and visitor services

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM Stop gap solutions

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM Stop gap solutions

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM Audiences

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM Audiences

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM Future

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM Future

MUSEUMOF APPLIED ARTS AND SCIENCES Key takeaways - how the research is informing what

MUSEUMOF APPLIED ARTS AND SCIENCES Key takeaways - how the research is informing what MAAS is doing • Wiggles upgrade • Sharing theory and thinking around children and families with colleagues • Highlighting language • Early Learning Program across 3 sites • Family friendly collateral and family friendly messaging • Professional Development to facilitate staff confidence • Family Sundays and options for little ones within major holiday offerings • digital content for families

Tinies and Minies at Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Observatory and MDC Image caption here

Tinies and Minies at Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Observatory and MDC Image caption here

Photograph by Dianna Snape

Photograph by Dianna Snape

Photograph by Dianna Snape

Photograph by Dianna Snape

Wiggles exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum Capture an image with the Wiggles Soft baby

Wiggles exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum Capture an image with the Wiggles Soft baby play area Fun for carers and kids

Photograph by Dianna Snape

Photograph by Dianna Snape

MUSEUMS VICTORIA Key takeaways - how the research is informing what MV is doing

MUSEUMS VICTORIA Key takeaways - how the research is informing what MV is doing Most exhibitions can cater for young children • With a bit of thought most museum exhibitions can be made to engage young children …and with a little bit more thought most exhibitions can have elements which encourage adults and children to do things together. Research is powerful professional learning • Museum staff benefit from researchers’ expertise e. g. the importance of the social context. • Being an ‘eyewitness’ is invaluable.

Photograph by Dianna Snape

Photograph by Dianna Snape

Photograph by Dianna Snape

Photograph by Dianna Snape

Special thanks to: Macquarie University Research Team A/Prof Sheila Degotardi, Ph. D Dr Fay

Special thanks to: Macquarie University Research Team A/Prof Sheila Degotardi, Ph. D Dr Fay Hadley Dr Helen Little Dr Yeshe Colliver Department of Educational Studies Macquarie University Thanks also to A/Prof Marina Papic Dr Katey De Gioia Dr Kate Highfield Dr Lynda Kelly Alexandra Gaffikin Danielle Aynsley Stefanie Ferguson Jo Brehaut