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Start of ‘Giving guided tours’ is a profession research project

In 2014, the University of Amsterdam, together with the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum and the Rijksmuseum, started the four-year doctoral research project Giving guided tours is a profession. The basic principle of this is to professionalise the quality of guided tours in museums, as well as compiling professional criteria for guides and museum teachers.

Measurable quality
Giving guided tours of the museum is part of everyday practice, but how do you know whether the tour guide communicates exactly that which the museum regards as important, and on top of that, in the right way? Guided tours are often used as a method of education, but the quality is difficult to measure. So far, there has been no solid support for quality criteria. That will change with this research project, which will be completed in 2018. PhD student Mark Schep has been appointed to manage the study. Apart from the museums taking part, the University of Amsterdam Inter-Faculty Teacher Training Courses (ILO), the Amsterdam Primary School Teacher Training Degree Course (UpvA) and the National Humanities and Social Studies Expertise Centre (University of Amsterdam, Free University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and iPabo University of Applied Sciences) are also involved in the research. Apart from these institutions, the Mondriaan Fund and the SNS Fund will also make financial contributions.