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Enhancing pupil learning on museum visits

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Enhancing pupil learning on museum visits

Museums give children experiences above and beyond the everyday experiences that enrich and build upon classroom teaching and learning. Taking pupils to a museum, or bringing museum artefacts into school, instantly changes the dynamics of the usual learning environment. It gives you as a teacher the opportunity to start afresh with each child, to reach and engage with pupils in new and different ways. This free course, Enhancing pupil learning on museum visits, explores practical ways in which you can make the most of the UK's extraordinarily dynamic and diverse museums and galleries; it gives you pathways into museum resources, and shares examples of teachers and museum educators making the most of museum artefacts.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • understand how the use of objects and museum activities can enhance pupil learning
  • identify museum resources and support available to teachers, and understand the ways of accessing those services.

First Published: 10/08/2012

Updated: 17/03/2016

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