Encountering the ‘other’: interpreting student experiences of a multi-sensory museum exhibition

Schorch, Philipp, Walton, Jessica, Priest, Naomi and Paradies, Yin 2015, Encountering the ‘other’: interpreting student experiences of a multi-sensory museum exhibition, Journal of intercultural studies, vol. 36, no. 2, pp. 221-240, doi: 10.1080/07256868.2015.1008432.

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Title Encountering the ‘other’: interpreting student experiences of a multi-sensory museum exhibition
Author(s) Schorch, Philipp
Walton, JessicaORCID iD for Walton, Jessica orcid.org/0000-0003-3876-2994
Priest, Naomi
Paradies, YinORCID iD for Paradies, Yin orcid.org/0000-0001-9927-7074
Journal name Journal of intercultural studies
Volume number 36
Issue number 2
Start page 221
End page 240
Total pages 20
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 0725-6868
1469-9540
Keyword(s) Belonging
Identity
Intercultural Understanding
Multi-sensory Museum Experiences
Qualitative Research Methods
Racism
Summary 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 which the exhibition space supports students to encounter and engage with individual stories and experiences, thus moving beyond an abstract tolerance of cultural diversity by unsettling the self and destabilising stereotyped and prejudiced interpretations of the ‘other’. The paper concludes by discussing the potential for triangulated qualitative approaches to provide rich emic perspectives on multi-sensory exhibitions.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/07256868.2015.1008432
Field of Research 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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