'In the Hand’ –the effect of museum handling sessions on student learning

Alma Boyes, Cynthia Cousens

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This paper presents findings from the ADM National Teaching Fellowship project ‘In the Hand’ which set out to evaluate museum handling sessions in the student learning experience. The project was set up as a longitudinal case study examining data gathered by questionnaire and interview from three sessions held at the V&A in the jewellery and ceramics departments with University of Brighton 3D students. The data revealed that it had formed a powerful and memorable ‘once in a lifetime’ experience and one of ‘self discovery’ realised through the power of direct handling of the artefacts. In the long term this impacted on their attitude of professionalism and confidence through inclusion in a research community at a high level. The students also pinpointed an increased awareness and understanding of objects in terms of their physicality, raised ambition and understanding of skills, historical perspective and established a deep personal connection with the maker, object and user. Alma Boyes & Cynthia Cousens - School of Architecture and Design University of Brighton UK, funded by ADM-TFS
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArt, design, media creative learning and teaching
Place of PublicationBrighton UK
PublisherUniversity of Brighton
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jul 2012
EventArt, design, media creative learning and teaching - Ravensbourne, Greenwich Peninsula, London, 29 Nov 2011
Duration: 13 Jul 2012 → …

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ConferenceArt, design, media creative learning and teaching
Period13/07/12 → …


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