PALEONTOLOGY TEACHING METHOD IN MUSEUMS AND PARKS
Learning outcomes of the course unit
To impart an understanding of the basic nature of the modern museology, and of the several side of controversial questions of this discipline.
To give an information on the possibilities for illustrating various scientific concepts and on educational potential of museum
To provide a sufficient base on the potential learning of paleontology to decipher the nature, history and the patterns of past life and thus the earth’s history.
Course contents summary
History of Modern scientific museology. Evolution, aim and typologies of the recent museums and parks: permanent exposition areas, collections, laboratories and warehouse. Explanatory techniques: dioramas and use of the graphic in the explanations. Organization of the paleontological museum: gathering, preparation, classification, conservation, restoration, learning with fossils and exposition. Museums, parks and territories: the geo-paleontological communication, lab of taxonomy, didactic activities.
Olmi G., L'inventario del mondo. Il Mulino, Bologna, 1992.
Reale E., I musei scientifici in Italia. Angeli, Milano, 2002.
The teacher can suggest other references during the course