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Attractions Management issue 3, 2017 is now out!

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Health Club Management

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Shifting practices and techniques in face-to-face facilitation

07 Nov 2016
by Brad Irwin, Partnerships development manager, Natural History Museum
Many informal science institutions now deploy a variety of practitioners to participate in public engagement including artists, volunteers and members of the public

The thinking around face-to-face interactions in science centres and museums is changing. Previously, “explainer” was the go-to-noun for people who interacted with the public within our institutions, the key figures who were responsible for connecting scientific ideas to visitors’ hearts and minds in new and meaningful ways.

But, there are other approaches. For example, many informal science institutions now deploy a variety of practitioners to participate in public engagement including artists, volunteers and members of the public. Many institutions ask their scientists to spend time on the floor. This not only provides the public with direct access to expertise previously hidden behind closed doors, but also enables scientists to disseminate their work, seeing the impact it has on our visitors. The museum floor is no longer the reserve of the explainer.

Engagement techniques are also changing. New perspectives such as tinkering and making are emerging, and with new models of practice, new challenges arise. The way we think about facilitation, training and professional development is shifting.

European practitioners have come together to form the Facilitation Group, a dynamic “thematic group” banded together to address the concerns of staff who deliver learning experiences. At the Ecsite Annual Conference we challenged current and future thinking around facilitation and explored new and controversial methodologies. In 2017, we’ll push the thinking in this area, exploring the notion of the research-informed facilitator. Join the conversation in Porto, Portugal, at the Ecsite pre-conference on 13-14 June.

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