School – Museum Cooperation about Education for and through Democracy (SMUD)
This project investigates a partnership between Eidsvoll upper secondary school and the museum Eidsvoll 1814.
In the autumn of 2017 the project culminates by three school classes taking over and running the museum for a period of time. Photo: Nora Mathé/ ILS.
About the project
The goal of the joint project is to increase the county of Eidsvoll’s participation in the 2017 parliamentary election and to give the school’s students experiences with democratic citizenship. At the same time, the partnership aims to explore and establish new forms of cooperation between schools and museums in Norway.
The cooperation between the school and the museum is related to the school subjects social studies (year 11), Norwegian language arts (year 12), and history (year 13). In the autumn of 2017 the project culminates by three school classes taking over the running of the museum, plan and carry out their own exhibit, and host workhops, presentations and cultural events.
This research project aims to investigate how students, teachers and others involved the joint project and their own role in it, primarily related to democratic participation, citizenship, engagement, or disengagement, and the project’s relevance for social studies issues and questions.
The project is designed as a qualitative case study, in which data are gathered primarily through interviews with participants from the school and museum. In addition, strategy documents, student texts and other products created for the school – museum cooperation inform the research.
Master students collecting data and writing their master thesis based on the project 2017-2018: