Teacher researcher brings his students with him
Ray Millikin, a teacher at the Orana Steiner School, is currently using the research collection at the museum to develop a unit of work on the Whitlam Dismissal for classroom use in the context of the Events in Australian Politics component of the new ACT Global Studies curriculum.
Over five days in May-June 2013, Ray is participating in a pilot program which provides an opportunity for teachers to jump the school fence and become a visiting researcher at the Museum of Australian Democracy. The collections at the museum, the expertise of staff and volunteers and the building itself provide a unique research environment which is conducive to the development of great resources for students learning about developments in Australia’s political and social history and their connections to contemporary debates.
However it appears that you can take the teacher out of the school, but you can’t take the school out of the teacher. On day three, Ray invited his current Year 11 Global Studies class to join him to see what the Research Library can yield on topics relevant to their studies. The students also visited Behind the Lines and participated in a Whitlam Dismissal program.
Since 2007, the museum has supported more than 50 visiting researchers through its fellowships and summer scholarships.