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Encouraging Co-Operation and Reflective Practice in Conservation Degree Programmes

Graves, Eve (2004) Encouraging Co-Operation and Reflective Practice in Conservation Degree Programmes. In: Conservation Education-Changing Environment: Proceedings of the Interime Meeting of the ICOM-CC Education & Training Group. (Unpublished)

Type of Research: Conference, Symposium or Workshop Item
Creators: Graves, Eve

The research question explored here is; How should conservation education respond to the dilemma produced by the ever-increasing demands made on conservation professionals, and therefore on professional education, at a time when the resources within higher education (and particularly in the context of teaching and materials intensive conservation programmes) are constrained?

It investigates the results of taking public collections as the focus of study and using reflective learning journals to stimulate discussion and deepen learning. Here the prior life experiences of the students become a major resource for the individual and the group. Methods (based on a multidisciplinary approach) for integrating theoretical learning and professional practice are tested.

Additional Information (Publicly available):

Eve Graves

Research Interests

Museology and Conservation, Human Values, Meaning and Material Culture, Intangible Heritage, Intercultural Communication, Pedagogy


Eve Graves studied philosophy at the University of York between 1967 - 1972, followed by a further two years of doctoral research at the University of Essex (1972-74). Her academic career spans over 30 years, during which she has held numerous teaching positions, ranging from Guest Lecturer (University of Essex 1974; Goldsmiths College, 1988; Byam Shaw School of Art, 1989; The Temenos Academy at The Prince of Wales Institute, 1997) to Course Director (BA History of Drawing & Printmaking, CCA, 1990-95), Theory Studies Co-ordinator (Historical and Cultural Studies for conservation courses, CCA, 1998 - 00) and Disability Representative (CCA, 1998 - present). She has recently completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Art, Design and Communication (CLTAD, 2002) and in 2004, she further qualified with a PDAF Award, Supervising Postgraduate Research: Supervising research degrees for professionals in art, design and communication.

Current Research

My research brings together conservation and material culture studies. I am interested in the ways in which human values become embedded within cultural landscapes and materials and the ways in which these values are revealed and preserved. Working within conservation I am interested in the ways in which these values can be explored and communicated to inform conservation education and professional decision making and so benefit the public and the profession.

My research operates in three principal areas:


Using conservation/museology/heritage publications (and job descriptions) to explore changing attitudes (overt and implied) to tangible and intangible heritage – to assess implications for conservation theory and the teaching of ethics.

2. Pedagogic Action Research with conservation students

A series of learning projects to explore student ideas about meanings and values and their preservation and communication.

3.MATAR - Materials and the Arts Research Centre

The compilation of a data base for materials/tools/processes that are seen as possessing cultural/spiritual values and thus impinge on conservation decision making."

Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: teaching and learning research
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Camberwell College of Arts
Date: 1 October 2004
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2009 12:25
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2016 13:54
Item ID: 921
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/921

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