Quinte Educational Museum & Archives
Policy - Interpretation and Education
Interpretation and Education
Preamble Quinte Educational Museum and Archives (QEMA) is committed to the development and delivery of exhibitions, public programs, and other educational activities, in realizing its mandate to promote education and teaching for the world's natural and cultural history. At the heart of this commitment is a belief in the role of museums as centres for life-long learning. Policy QEMA's educational activities are intended to: Encourage understanding of the natural and cultural heritage of Prince Edward County, Ontario, and Canada. Increase public commitment and support by making QEMA an invaluable educational resource for the community. Make QEMA accessible to a wide and diverse audience. Enrich visitor experience and foster collections-based learning. Enhance the reputation of QEMA and further its Mission. Promote an understanding of museums and their role in society. Types of QEMA is committed to meeting the needs of its diverse audiences. Accordingly, it Educational will provide a broad range of educational activities designed to reflect multiple Activities learning styles and levels of interest. These activities include, but are not limited to, school-visits program; children's programs; external teaching activities; community tours or travel; cultural, artistic, and/or community based events; and interactive exhibits. Guiding Principles QEMA's activities will: Use QEMA's collections and resources in a stimulating and imaginative manner. Be accurate and current, at the point of delivery. Incorporate relevant pedagogical practices, knowledge, attitudes, and skills. Reflect external curricular mandates, when appropriate. Be planned in a collaborative manner involving appropriate representatives from the external community, in addition to relevant QEMA associates. Be developed and delivered by curatorial, teaching, or appropriately qualified employees and volunteers. Employ a combination of instructive/didactic and open-ended inquiry learning. Excellence in Content & The quality of educational activities will reflect QEMA's reputation and status. Delivery Accordingly, QEMA is committed to: Assessing its educational programs qualitatively and/or quantitatively. Supporting and improving teacher performance. Date August 17, 2008 Approved Amended August 18, 2008 Policy Review Method Internal Report Responsibility QEMA's Board of Directors Minimum Frequency Every three years
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