Interpretive and pedagogical approach of archaeological collections in the light of natural sciences. Investigating mediators’ conceptions in Greek museums

POPI GEORGOPOULOU, DIMITRIS KOLIOPOULOS (Greece)

Abstract

The four existing interfaces between the fields of archaeology and the natural sciences in the settings of Greek archaeological museums, a) archaeometry, b) conservation, c) ancient Greek science and d) ancient Greek technology and art, can be the interdisciplinary reference knowledge for museological and/or museo-pedagogical interpretation. The Science Educative Islet (SEI), a museum structure mainly addressed at groups of kids aged 11-13 years old, embodies the relationship between natural sciences and archaeology as a result of both didactic and museographic transposition simultaneously. This article presents the results of evaluation addressed to the mediators, i.e., people of museums who design and conduct educational programs and mediate between the exhibits and the corresponding reference knowledge emanating from them on the one hand and the groups of visitors participating in the museum educational activities on the other hand. The results of this evaluation show that most mediators in our sample have a positive attitude towards the use of a structure such as SEI to disseminate interdisciplinary elements between the two fields and it is possible to use it as a part of their museo-pedagogical policy.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.26220/rev.3818

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