Bringing Museums to Life

When Renee Zhang moved from Beijing to Madison, Wisconsin to learn English, she often took her friend’s kids to a children’s museum for some fun and hands-on learning.

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Now, she is enrolled in a program that will allow her to create this kind of magic.

Zhang, who has a law degree from China Women’s University, is one of 17 students enrolled in Canada’s first Master’s of Museum Education (MMEd). The new UBC Faculty of Education program, which began in September, is one of the few in the world to focus on museum education.

David Anderson, a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy and director of the new program, says that many museum studies degree programs tend to focus on the conservation and preservation of artifacts in object-based museums.  The new one-year MMEd’s focus is on the scholarship of education in museum settings and the practices needed to help museums achieve their educational mission.

Read the full story by Heather Amos here.

Photography by Martin Dee.