During our first sessions with the screenwriting students we asked them to complete Personal Meaning Maps. Personal Meaning Mapping is a research methodology used mainly in museums education contexts. PMMs are designed to measure how a particular learning experience, like visiting an archive, affects a learner’s process of making meaning. We wanted to find out about student perceptions of ‘the archive’ as a concept. The two maps shown here were made by a student who had not visited an archive before, and another who had visited both the record office and the university archive on a previous field trip. We will ask the students to revisit their meaning maps when they have finished the project.
Reference: Adams, M., Falk, J., et al. “Things Change” in Researching Visual Arts Education in Museums and Galleries: An International Reader (London: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2003) 15-31.