Building an intercultural programme for schools

10 October, 2019

The Chester Beatty’s Learning and Education Department offers a wide range of ways to learn about and engage with our collections. Through our vibrant and exciting programme of events and professional training for teachers, educators and creatives, we offer opportunities to explore world cultures, as found in Chester’s Beatty’s Islamic, East Asian and European collections. Intercultural dialogue and learning plays a key role in the museum’s mission and fosters dialogue with the communities as represented in the collections.

The Learning and Education Department has worked for several years exploring ways to engage primary, post-primary schools and teachers with this unique collection and has initiated an 18 month project to research, develop and build its first Intercultural Museum programme for schools (2018-2020). As part of this process, the Chester Beatty has invited the largest teaching college in Ireland, Mary Immaculate, Limerick, Maynooth University, the Intercultural Education Service (Education Authority of Northern Ireland) and UK Heritec Education Consultancy to partner and develop the programme.

2018-2020 Key outputs will include :

Revision and design of tours for primary and post-primary schools: special thanks to Community National Schools Lecarrow, Co. Roscommon, Faughart CNS, Scoil Chormaic CNS Ballbriggan, City West & Saggart CNS and Ashbourne CNS for working with us on our pilot tours.

Training of guides and facilitators in visual thinking strategies and object-based learning

Development of content for gallery trails for schools

Development and delivery of continuous professional development for teachers in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland

Research and Development – how to build an intercultural museum programme for schools

Continuous Professional Development for Teachers and Educators

We will hold two training sessions this year: one in Northern Ireland on Thursday 10 October and one in the Chester Beatty on Saturday 16 November 2019.

Aims of both programme are:

To consider the role of national and local museums in supporting intercultural education

To become more aware of digital and other resources available for use in schools

To become more aware of support available through the Education Authority and other groups

To network with colleagues from other schools and share ideas

By the end of the day participants will:

Have a clearer idea of how schools might collaborate with museums and others to explore history, culture, language and identity with children and young people

Have explored visual thinking strategies and object based learning as creative tools for the classroom and museum

Have learned about support and resources available

Have explored potential opportunities to collaborate with colleagues from other schools

Saturday 16 November Chester Beatty CPD 11am-4pm Please book here 

Outline of the day

10.45-11am Registration

11-11.30am Welcome and context: The Intercultural Schools Project – an introduction to the project

The Chester Beatty and its role/mission statement

What the research highlighted in the course of the project and why this project is needed

11.30-12.15pm Methodologies: What is object based learning? What are the benefits of using this tool in your practice especially in the classroom? Introduction to Chester Beatty and other museum objects

12.15-1.00pm Visual thinking strategies: What are visual thinking strategies? How to use these in group activities?  Permission to Wonder: Introduction to school’s project with Liz Coman, Assistant Arts Officer, Dublin City Council

1.00-1.45pm Lunch

1.45-2.30pm Workshop: Explore new Chester Beatty gallery trails and tours for teachers and educators

2.30-3.00pm Mother Tongues: Francesca la Morgia will introduce how to use museum collections for multi-lingual teaching in school

3.00-3.45 Project partners: Importance of collaboration with formal education sector and museums

3.45-4pm Reflection & evaluation: Taking ideas into the classroom

4pm Finish

Training in visual thinking strategies and object-based learning for guides and facilitators with Heritec Ltd in the Chester Beatty

Ways of Seeing II interfaith learning resource working with the Chester Beatty and Ulster Museum collections for schools in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland

Teachers and educators exploring object-based learning Chester Beatty training session 2017

The project is funded by Creative Ireland and the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.

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Chester Beatty
Dublin Castle
Dublin 2
D02 AD92