Personal Meaning Maps

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.

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One Response to Personal Meaning Maps

  1. Sarah C Jane says:

    In these personal meaning maps, it is really interesting to see the difference between the student that had/hadn’t previously attended a session on archives. For the student that hadn’t visited, the traditional stereotypes are still in place – taxidermy and monocules. The student that had visited the Archive before didn’t immediately offer these stereoptypes, but focuses instead on knowledge and preservation. Great stuff!