The role of museums in learning to teach with a critical lens

Sarita Ramsaroop

Abstract


The role of museums in learning to teach with a critical lens
Sarita Ramsaroop

(Received 19 August 2016; accepted 8 May 2017)
Abstract
This study set out to explore the potential of student teachers learning to teach apartheid era
history to learners in the primary school when learning in apartheid museums is blended
with coursework. Using qualitative methods of inquiry, the findings show that student
teachers learning in museums that dovetail with coursework at the university strengthens
their ability to ‘know, think, feel and act like a teacher’. The multiple narratives contributed
towards addressing misconceptions, strengthened citizenship and pedagogic content
knowledge, fundamentals that can equip student teachers to teach apartheid era history with
an informed lens. The study highlights the importance of developing in student teachers
investigative skills before and after museum visits so as to ensure that they are not merely
consumers but are able to interrogate multiple narratives, resulting in them being active
producers of knowledge.

Keywords


Teaching apartheid history; museums

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