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Performative Interrelations of Children and Things – Ethnographic Research in the Museum der Dinge

Author(s) Wagner, B.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2013  
Editor P. Cunningham (ed.) Identities and Citizenship Education: Controversy, crisis and challenges  
Age group -  
This article focuses on performative learning processes of young children in museums. The research takes place in the Museum der Dinge in Berlin-Kreuzberg. This museum displays industrial products and design from the last 100 years. The artefacts were used in everyday life and were made for consumption. Outcomes of the research are reflected in the context of the German subject Sachunterricht, basic primary school lessons in natural and social science, which promotes a multi-perspective view on things, in which the performative learning approaches of children can be evaluated. First, this article will briefly introduce to the so called Vielperspektivität of the subject. Further on it describes fundamental considerations concerning performative contact zones in museums. Then qualitative study results on performative interrelation with things of elementary school children will be presented. Finally, in the context of the small study selected discipline-specific perspectives for an empirical foundation of performative learning processes of children will be pointed out.

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