EDUCATIONAL METHODOLOGY -2
Our educational programme aims to 'take the glass out of the museum'
A conventional museum solves the conundrum of how to allow the public access to valuable specimens by putting the objects behind glass. However, the glass inevitably acts as a barrier to the fullest learning; and all too often it becomes a physical representation of the divide created by arcane terminology or academic superiority.
Secondly, we have team members on hand who are trained to help the visitor work out what they are handling, using everyday language and concepts; and this approach is used in all of our various demonstration-lectures and field excursions, where concepts are developed from first principles in a straightforward way.
Thirdly, interested lay people are welcomed to our technical seminars; for, although these are times set aside for 'talking shop', we seek to provide sufficient background such that any intelligent person can appreciate the general discussion, if not all the details.< Educational Methodology (part 1) Educational Methodology (part 3) >