The assignment is going to outline how ‘Eureka! A Museum for Children’ plays a part in learning outside the classroom environment. The museum will be examined to see how it plays a role in life-long learning.
We define learning outside the classroom as:
“The use of places other than the classroom for teaching and learning.”
Every young person should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development, whatever their age, ability or circumstances. Learning is a process of active engagement with experience. It is what people do when they want to make sense of the world. It may involve the development or deepening of skills, knowledge, understanding, awareness, values, ideas and feelings, or an increase in the capacity to reflect. Effective learning leads to change, development and the desire to learn more. (DfEE 2000)
Learning outside the classroom is about raising achievement through an organised, powerful approach to learning in which direct experience is of prime importance. This is not only about what we learn but importantly how and where we learn. (Learning Outside the Classroom (2006))
… museums and galleries …, in themselves, understood as educational establishment. They were set up to enable people to educate themselves... Museums were one opportunity among many of acquiring knowledge. (Hooper-Greenhill 1994, p.1)
Museums are still very much thought of as educational establishments but the audience for whom they cater for varies very much from one museum to another. Formal and informal educations are two terms that are used to describe the type of education that a person receives. Formal is the set ‘curriculum’ that is taught in the traditional school setting. Whereas informal education is the curriculum taught in museums or other institutes that are outside of the schools. (Hein 1998, p.7)
Children’s museums are not museums