The Professional Training of Museum Educators in Canada / La formation professionnelle en éducation muséale au Canada

Richard Lachapelle, Thibault Zimmer, Anita Sinner

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Abstract: A review of museum training programs was undertaken to assess the current state of professional museum education training in Canada. Out of 18 post-secondary museum studies programs, four programs include one museum education course and two programs include two courses. We found no evidence of museum education content in any of the eight Canadian curatorial practice programs. In terms of specialized programs, a Masters of Museum Education program has existed at UBC since 2012. Another Canadian university is currently examining the possibility of setting up a program. We conclude that the offer of professional museum education training in Canada is slowly improving.

Keywords: Museum Education; Museum Education Training; Post-secondary Professional Education; Professionalization of Museum Education.

[1] This research has been made possible by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Résumé : Une analyse des différents programmes de formation muséale a été menée pour déterminer l’état actuel de la formation muséale professionnelle au Canada. Quatre des dix-huit programmes d’études muséales postsecondaires proposent un seul cours d’éducation muséale tandis que deux programmes en offrent deux. Nous n’avons trouvé aucune trace de contenu d’éducation muséale parmi les huit programmes canadiens de pratique des conservateurs. En ce qui concerne les programmes spécialisés, l’Université de la Colombie-Britannique propose depuis 2012 un programme de maîtrise en éducation muséale. Une autre université canadienne étudie présentement la possibilité de mettre sur pied un tel programme. Il semblerait donc que la formation professionnelle en éducation muséale offerte gagne lentement du terrain.

Mots-clés : éducation muséale, formation à l’éducation muséale, formation professionnelle postsecondaire, professionnalisation de l’éducation muséale.

[1]Cette recherche a bénéficié d’une subvention du Conseil de recherches en sciences humains du Canada.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.26443/crae.v46i1.64

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