Journal article

Encountering the 'Other': Interpreting Student Experiences of a Multi-Sensory Museum Exhibition

Philipp Schorch, Jessica Walton, Naomi Priest, Yin Paradies

JOURNAL OF INTERCULTURAL STUDIES | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

The Immigration Museum Melbourne, Australia, launched the Identity: Yours, Mine, Ours exhibition in 2011. Aimed primarily at secondary school students, this long-term installation seeks to foster reflection on identity and belonging, as well as dialogue about racism, through an interactive, immersive museum experience. This paper describes a multi-method research project, which included narrative interviews, focus groups and video diaries with 47 Year 11–12 students from three secondary schools in Victoria, Australia, and discusses each method's contribution to an overall empirical understanding of the installation's impact on students' experiences. Emerging findings suggest the ways in whic..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council Linkage


Awarded by Australian Research Council Future Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

This study was supported by an Australian Research Council Linkage [grant number LP120100080], the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation and Museum Victoria. The first author is supported by a research fellowship from the Fritz Thyssen Foundation at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, the third author by an Alfred Deakin Senior Research Fellowship from Deakin University and the last author holds an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship [grant number FT130101148].