Disrupting notions of collaboration: The problematic engagement of museums and schools

Year: 2002

Author: Mathewson, Donna, McKeon, Penny

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

In investigating relationships between museums and schools, this presentation examines what is concealed within public discourse through an exploration of how implicit forms of power operate to create, maintain and silence barriers to engagement on the part of school-based educators. In the analysis extant research from the museum and education fields will be drawn upon and pertinent readings will be extracted to illuminate different conceptions of how interactions between museums and schools enact, construct, enable and constrain educational opportunities. Based on this analysis, suggestions are made for approaches to the development of museum/school relationships that make explicit the determining nature of social practices and increase the visibility of previously under-represented school-based perspectives.