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SEMEDO _2009_ A Pilot Project at the Paper Money Museum, Porto

SEMEDO _2009_ A Pilot Project at the Paper Money Museum, Porto

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The International
 JOURNAL
o
the
INCLUSIVEMUSEUM
Volume 2, Number 2
A Pilot Project at the Paper Money Museum, Porto(Portugal)
Alice Semedo
 
 
THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF THE INCLUSIVE MUSEUMhttp://museum-journal.com/First published in 2009 in Champaign, Illinois, USA by Common Ground Publishing LLCwww.CommonGroundPublishing.com.© 2009 (individual papers), the author(s)© 2009 (selection and editorial matter) Common GroundAuthors are responsible for the accuracy of citations, quotations, diagrams, tables andmaps.All rights reserved. Apart from fair use for the purposes of study, research, criticism or review as permitted under the Copyright Act (Australia), no part of this work may bereproduced without written permission from the publisher. For permissions and other inquiries, please contact<cg-support@commongroundpublishing.com>.ISSN: 1835-2014Publisher Site: http://museum-journal.com/THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF THE INCLUSIVE MUSEUM is peer-reviewed,supported by rigorous processes of criterion-referenced article ranking and qualitativecommentary, ensuring that only intellectual work of the greatest substance and highestsignificance is published.Typeset in Common Ground Markup Language using CGCreator multichanneltypesetting systemhttp://www.commongroundpublishing.com/software/
 
A Pilot Project at the Paper Money Museum, Porto(Portugal)
Alice Semedo, Faculdade de Letras da Fundação Universidade doPorto, Portugal
 Abstract:Thispaperwilloutlinemodelsandstrategiesineducationandpartnershipswithneighbouring  schools developed by the Paper Money Museum during the past year. The museum is well-known for its inclusive approach to different audiences and is currently trying to develop educational school  programmeswhichinvolvethebuildingofdifferentrelationshipswithschoolsandcommunityadvocatesas well as the development of ongoing research about not only representations and outlooks but alsoabout the outcomes of such projects. The analysis and discussion of data produced by this researchand its relation to the building of new education models for this museum constitutes the core theme of  this paper.
Keywords: Education, School and Community Advocates, Partnerships, Indicators, Outcomes
Contexts for a Pilot Teaching/Evaluation Project
O
NE OF THE
classes I teach at the postgraduate course in museum studies, at theUniversityofPorto(Portugal),dealswithcommunication,audiencesandmuseums.Thecoursehasalwaysstrivedtoimplementcollaborativepartnershipswithmuseumsand other cultural institutions, in a more or less conscious attempt to both include
 practicing professionals
in the business of training
newcomers
and create opportunities toexplore concepts about museums’ and museum professionals’ roles. For students this is aunique and valuable experience to work in the
reality zone
and look at theory-in-practice,experimentingandsometimesevenparticipatinginthedevelopmentofdifferentapproachesto audiences, collections management, preventive conservation and so on.Oneoftheevaluationassignmentsproposedforthisclasshasbeen,forthepastfewyears,the development of a short evaluation project on needs and expectations of a chosen groupwithin the neighbourhood of a chosen museum
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and how these can be addressed by themuseum. The assignment includes a discussion on the relevance of programming and eval-uating museum projects’based on outcomes and indicatorsand an outline of general recom-mendations for the museum
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. It necessarily implies a
close encounter 
not only with themuseum but also with the neighbouring community itself, briey proling the community before selecting a group to work more closely with.
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Students tend to opt for and be placed in museums they already
know
: either their working place or where theyhave carried out some other academic assignment (i.e. the study of a collection). This certainly makes it mucheasier: students are already “part of the team” and clearly bring into play, previous knowledge about the museumand its collections.
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Someoftheseeldworkprojectshave,infactandinsomeinstances,beenputintopracticebydifferentmuseums.The International Journal of the Inclusive MuseumVolume 2, Number 2, 2009, http://museum-journal.com/, ISSN 1835-2014
© Common Ground, Alice Semedo, All Rights Reserved, Permissions:cg-support@commongroundpublishing.com

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