S02E02: Education and Learning

We’re talking education and learning with guest host Jane Henderson from Cardiff University. We discuss what universities might look for in an applicant, the challenges of teaching conservation, and what makes a good internship. How did the four of us find conservation and what did we do before all this? What do employers expect from graduates? Kloe also reviews ‘Conservation of Featherwork from Central and South America.’

00:01:10 How can you become a conservator?
00:02:01 The previous lives and backgrounds of conservators
00:05:42 How we found conservation
00:15:06 Career days at school somehow never include conservators…
00:18:19 How important is science and chemistry when you apply to a degree programme? What else is important when you’re applying?
00:25:12 How do we assess graduates?
00:26:56 The importance of internships and placements for learning
00:34:08 What do we wish we could teach but can’t?
00:36:34 What do hosts and employers want from graduates?
00:39:57 Whose responsibility is education?
00:42:13 What role does conservation research have? Are PhD’s useful?
00:47:03 Craft skills: are they priorities or not? Can they be taught?
00:52:46 Don’t be afraid of mistakes – learn from them!
00:57:22 Introducing ’Dear Jane’
00:57:40 Review: Conservation of Featherwork from Central and South America
01:02:30 Comments, questions, corrections: a note on demographics in the US

Show Notes:
– ICON Careers & Training: https://icon.org.uk/what-is-conservation/careers-training
– Chemistry for Conservators: http://academicprojects.co.uk/chemistry-for-conservators/
– ’Do methods of assessment accurately reflect the priorities of conservation teaching?’ by Jane Henderson and Phil Parkes: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/67729/
– Cardiff University blog entry ‘Remembering the Love of the People’ by Stephanie Whitehead: http://blogs.cardiff.ac.uk/conservation/2017/07/05/mcr_memorial/
– Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s TED talk on Flow: https://www.ted.com/talks/mihaly_csikszentmihalyi_on_flow
– Conservation of Featherwork from Central and South America: https://www.archetype.co.uk/publication-details.php?id=245

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Hosted by Jenny Mathiasson, Kloe Rumsey, and Christina Rozeik. Special guest host: Jane Henderson.

Intro and outro music by DDmyzik used under a Creative Commons Attribution license. Additional sound effects and music by Calum Robertson.

Made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license.

A Wooden Dice production, 2017.

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