Learning with Museums and Archives: Student Placement Programme
The Student Placement Programme offers students from the University of Brighton and the RCA, the opportunity to engage in project work at one of CETLD’s partner institutions including the V&A, RIBA, the University of Brighton and the RCA. It is a 12- month pilot programme, which ends in November 2008. It is based on a similar initiative developed by the Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Applied Undergraduate Research Skills (CETL-AURS) at the Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading.
It stems from baseline research into design students’ use of museum collections, and a need identified by students into learning about museum practice and behind the scenes access. The programme supports CETLD’s strategic research into learning spaces by bringing together knowledge about the ways students learn from museums and archives and how resources located in Higher Education (UoB and RCA), museums (V&A) and professional institutions (RIBA) can best be drawn together. It supports CETLD’s strategic research into student learning spaces.
The project is designed in two sections. The first section has involved the development, design and delivery of student placements across the CETLD partnerhsip. The second includes a case study research programme, which explores students’ critical and effective engagement with collections and archives. This has been combined with my colleague, Beth Cook’s research into ‘behind the scenes’ access, which uses qualitative research methods drawn from museum audience research and grounded theory.
The Student Placement Programme has been funded and supported by the Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning through Design (CETLD).