Ethel’s research is focused on how museum curators and educators intentionally manipulate space and objects to curate learning. She hopes to understand how school teachers can adapt this practice in their classroom pedagogy. The aim of her research is two-fold:
- Investigate strategies for maximising features of the museum environment that facilitate students’ deep learning.
- Explore possibility for transferring these strategies to classroom practice.
A poster summary of Ethel’s research is here.
Ethel Villafranca completed her master’s in Museology (major: education), on a Fulbright Scholarship, at the University of Florida and her bachelor’s in Philippine Arts (major: arts management), at the University of the Philippines. She has been involved in various aspects of museum/cultural work in the Philippines and the USA since 1998. Ethel is currently a recipient of the Melbourne International Research Scholarship and her research interests include museum education, visitor studies and evaluation, and audience development.
Publications, Presentations, and Memberships
Villafranca, E. (forthcoming 2016). Understanding affordances in museum education context. Paper presented at the Third Annual International Learning Environments Research Higher Degree Symposium, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, 01 June. Victoria, Australia: The Learning Environments Applied Research Network.
Poster presentation, Ethel Villafranca – Graduate Researcher – Curating Learning-Museums intentionally manipulate space and objects to curate learning. How can school teachers adapt this practice in their classroom pedagogy?
Villafranca, E. et. al (forthcoming 2016). Making museums work: A Zero In handbook. Manila, Philippines: Museo Pambata Foundation, Inc.
Healy, S., Grant, G., Villafranca, E., & Yang, P. (2015). A theoretical orientation for evaluating the geographies of new generation learning environments. Paper presented at the Second Annual International Learning Environments Research Higher Degree Symposium, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, 05 July (pp. 13-20). Victoria, Australia: The Learning Environments Applied Research Network.
Villafranca, E. (2014). Zero In: a guide to keeping your museum exciting and relevant. Manila, Philippines: Museo Pambata Foundation, Inc.
Villafranca, E. (2013). Guide to the national workshop on establishing community museums. Manila, Philippines: Museo Pambata Foundation, Inc.
Villafranca, E. (2004). Creating Good Education Programs for Children. In Touch Discover Explore! The Story of Museo Pambata: the making of the Philippine’s first children’s interactive museum. Manila, Philippines: Museo Pambata Foundation, Inc.
Other relevant information
Ethel remains active in museums in the Philippines. She has been conducting programs aimed at sharing expertise and resources in working towards developing more dynamic, engaging, and inviting cultural centers all over the Philippines. In 2013, she co-created and co-facilitated workshop modules for the UNESCO-Philippines funded Zero In National Workshop on Establishing Museums. Encouraged by the success of the first workshop, two more workshops were awarded funds and held in 2014 and 2015. Over 200 participants representing more than 100 museums/cultural institutions across the Philippines attended the workshops. The workshop modules were based on her master’s project-thesis on Creating Classroom Museums in the Philippines.
She is currently the Director for Learning and Integration of the Filipino Australian Students Council – Victoria (FASTCO) where she implements learning and wellness programs aimed at helping Filipino students in Victoria.