Researchers and Practitioners: Can We All Get Along? (UPDATED TIME/ROOM)

Track
Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Start Day and Time
Sunday May 7 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
232 America's Center
Description
Interaction of researchers and practitioners-from mutual awareness to full-blown partnerships-may yield myriad benefits, such as applying research findings to design problems on one side and developing better research questions on the other. In this panel and audience discussion, we will consider benefits, challenges, and audience members' positive and negative stories of museum research and practice informing one another. The session will be recorded for an article in Curator: The Museum Journal.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Learner Outcome
  1. Consider the benefits and obstacles to applying museum learning research to practice, and learn about resources for doing so.
  2. Learn and share new ways to have issues of practice influence research questions, methods, and interpretations.
  3. Consider the value of collaborating with practitioners to improve the relevance and applicability of research.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Betsy Loring
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Director of Exhibits
Organization: 
EcoTarium
Bio
Betsy Loring is the Director of Exhibits at the EcoTarium, a mid-sized museum of science and nature in Worcester, MA, overseeing the Collection, Wildlife, and Exhibits Departments. Her research to practice experience includes coordinating the Environmental Exhibits Collaborative Exhibit Lab project, partnering with social scientists on an AISL project, and with a biologist on the Broader Impacts portion of a mycology research grant.
Presenter: 
Bronwyn Bevan
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Senior Research Scientist
Organization: 
University of Washington
Bio
Bronwyn Bevan, PhD, is Senior Research Scientist at the University of Washington. Previously she was Director of the Exploratorium Institute for Research and Learning. Her research examines how learning opportunities, across formal and informal settings, can be organized to advance equity in education. She served on the National Research Council's Committee on Out-of-School Time STEM Learning and is on the editorial board of Science Education.
Presenter: 
Christine Reich
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
VP of Exhibit Development and Conservation
Organization: 
Museum of Science
Bio
Christine Reich, Ph.D., is Vice President of Exhibit Development and Conservation at the Museum of Science, Boston, where she has worked for 20 years. She previously served as the Museum's founding Director of Research and Evaluation. In addition to her Museum appointment, Christine is also a lecturer at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
Presenter: 
Josh Gutwill
Role: 
Moderator
Title: 
Director of Visitor Research
Organization: 
Exploratorium
Bio
Josh Gutwill is Director of Visitor Research and Evaluation at the San Francisco Exploratorium. He conducts research on learning in informal environments as well as evaluation of exhibits and programs to improve visitors' experiences. He fosters and studies learners' self-directed inquiry in science museum settings through research jointly negotiated with museum practitioners. Josh serves as Associate Editor for Curator: The Museum Journal.
Presenter: 
Kris Wetterlund
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Director of Education and Interpretation
Organization: 
Corning Museum of Glass
Bio
Kris Wetterlund founded Museum-Ed, a nonprofit for the professional development of museum educators, and is faculty at the Museum Studies program at Johns Hopkins University. She authored guide for interpretive writing, If You Can't See It Don't Say It, and in 2016 was a Getty Museum Guest Scholar, researching interpretation and art museum education. Wetterlund currently is Director of Education and Interpretation at The Corning Museum of Glass.