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Contexts other than schools. Initial Teacher Trainee Placements in Museums, Libraries and Archives Jael Edwards Education and Lifelong Learning Officer, YMLAC Hannah Gould Project Officer/ Freelance Consultant. Yorkshire Museums, Libraries & Archives Council. Background.

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Contexts other than schools

Initial Teacher Trainee Placements in Museums, Libraries and Archives

Jael Edwards

Education and Lifelong Learning Officer, YMLAC

Hannah Gould

Project Officer/ Freelance Consultant

Yorkshire Museums, Libraries & Archives Council

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Background

  • Role of Yorkshire Museums, Libraries and Archives Council
  • The regions museums, libraries and archives
  • The changes in QTT Standards
  • Existing practices in museums, libraries and archives
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Project aims

  • To contribute to the investigation and development of new models of training
  • To do this by undertaking a feasibility study
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Project Objectives

  • Identify current research related to R2.5
  • Establish a steering group of key regional players
  • Establish a method of research
  • Select regional organisations with whom to conduct the study
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Project Objectives

  • Identify the opportunities and challenges for both HEIs and MLAs
  • Identify the response of trainees
  • Develop potential models for placements
  • Establish guidelines for quality assurance of placements
  • Identify organisations willing to pilot the models identified
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Project Objectives

  • Advocate the role of MLAs
  • Enrich the classroom teaching of the future
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Method of Study

  • Identify key questions and issues
  • Devise surveys
  • Literature search
  • Consultation via
    • Email
    • Telephone
    • Focus groups
  • With
    • 22 ITT providers from 10 HEIs
    • 53 museum, library and archive professionals from 51 institutions
    • 20 trainees and ex trainees
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Issues raised: ITT Providers

  • New territory
  • Lack of knowledge of MLA sector
  • Lack of MLA learning on ITT courses
  • Appetite to engage
  • Benefits for ITT providers and students
  • Potential placement activities
  • Time!
  • Quality assurance
  • Parity of experience
  • OFSTED
  • MUST meet the QTT Standards
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Issues raised: MLAs

  • New territory
  • Lack of knowledge of ITT sector
  • Appetite to engage
  • Wide ranging provision to formal learning sector
  • Benefits to students and potential work activities matched ITT responses
  • Time!
  • Training and skills issues
  • Direction - “What do they want from us?”
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Issues raised: Trainees

  • Views divided between those with experience in MLAs and those without
  • Skills gained identified by those with experience
  • Concerns that MLA placements should not replace teaching experience
  • Few had covered museums, libraries and archives on course
  • Museum, library or archive placements unlikely to affect employment prospects
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Good Practice

  • Sheffield Hallam University & Kelham Island Museum
  • Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield Galleries and Museums Trust
  • Bradford College & Bradford Galleries & Museums
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Models: Activities that can contribute towards achievement of standards

  • Teaching
  • Preparing resources
  • Preparing lessons
  • Enhancing specialist knowledge
  • Learning in out of school contexts
  • Cultural diversity
  • Ideas, flexibility, creativity, confidence
  • NOT just learning how to plan a school trip
  • Combination of theory and practice
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Quality Assurance

  • Quality assurance concerns from both ITTs and MLAs
  • Training of MLA staff
  • Partnership and support
  • Mapping standards against potential work activities
  • YMLAC’s role - enabler
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Recommendations

  • No ‘one size fits all’ approach
  • YMLAC to take an enabling role
  • Information and dissemination
  • Advocacy
  • Brokering relationships
  • Training
  • Mapping standards
  • Evaluation
  • Involvement of partner schools
  • Link to long term CPD - through e.g. EBPs
  • Long-term longitudinal research
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Future Developments

  • What\'s next
  • Further funding
  • Pilots
  • Training
  • Evaluation
  • Information, dissemination and advocacy
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