Current Doctoral Research

“The evaluation of the adult self-directed learning opportunities afforded by heritage institutions”

Doctoral research is being undertaken at the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester with Dr Giasemi Vavoula .

The research questions to be addressed are:

  • What support is available for the self-directed adult learner in heritage institutions?
  • Can an evaluative framework designed for Higher Education be used effectively in the context of heritage institutions?
  • How effective are the existing conceptual models of learning taxonomies in designing and evaluating the opportunities for learning in heritage institutions?

Conceptual questions also to be explored include:

  • How important are concepts such a ‘social capital’ or  ‘cultural-enablement’ in supporting the policy and practice of educational opportunities afforded by heritage institutions for adult learners?
  • How is the contemporary heritage institutions changing, in response to emerging digitally enabled andragogical[1] and heutagogical[2] opportunities?

[1] Andragogy defines a process of learning and teaching where the attention is focussed on the individual learner, rather than the pedagogical approach that focuses on the teacher.

[2] Heutagogy is the study of self-determined learning. Whilst andragogy is concerned with effective ‘learner-focussed’ learning, heutagogy also requires that educational opportunities enhance the learners’ ability to learn and enable self-directed and self-conscious learning.

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