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Susan Abasa

Doctor of Philosophy, (Museum Studies)
Study Completed: 2015
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
Policies. Practices. Public Pedagogy: Two Case Studies of Art Museum Educators in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Referred to as the "poor cousin" of museum practice, art museum education has received little scholarly attention. This is the first in-depth study of art museum education in Aotearoa New Zealand within historical and contemporary contexts. The research identified two broad types of teaching practice. The first, signature pedagogy, produced patterns of practice, and stock-in-trade teaching responses. These had deep historical roots and contributed to the political economy of art museums. The second, a transformative practice, was fragile and rare. Progressive educators deployed critical and indigenous pedagogies which rubbed against the grain of normative practices. These findings contributed to the re-development of a public pedagogy framework that practitioners and policy-makers can use to advance critical engagement with art and art museums.

Associate Professor Sita Venkateswar
Professor Michael Roche