The contribution of the action research method to a museum exhibition on migration with preschool and school age pupils as co-researchers

Maria Vlachaki                                                             Kostas Magos

Phd in Museum Education,                                            Assistant Professor,   

University of Thessaly                                                   University of Thessaly        

 

Abstract

Action research as a research method presupposes the equal involvement of participants and taking responsibility for both setting goals and for making decisions about the research process and its results. This paper is based on research data on the use of contemporary migrants’ life stories in a museum environment as exhibits and educational material and their impact on changing negative attitudes to ethno-cultural "other". In specific, it presents the positive findings when applying action research method to the creating and exhibiting a collection of tangible and intangible evidence on migration, with the active participation of preschool and school-age children and their parents. Inferences are drawn about the importance of the particular research process for the "opening" of the museum in the local community and the cooperation among them. Additionally, it describes the social skills which the preschool and school-age children developed and strengthened their role as agents of action and change in a multicultural, social environment.

Key-words: life stories, museum, migration, the ethno-cultural “other”, pupils as co-researchers

 

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