Keynote 3: History conveyed through dilemma-based communication

Marianne Bager; Den Gamle By, Arhus (Denmark)

As part of our 21st Century Children project, which is generously funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, we want to evaluate our sector and explore shared characteristics of children’s museums. The aim is to pass this knowledge on to the community in order to help them to develop sustainable initiatives. This session is designed as a training session for (children’s)museum professionals and policy makers alike.

Dilemma-based communication is a teaching method that focuses on the involvement and reflection of the participants in a problem and dilemma presented to them. By participating and arguing for their opinions, they get a real sense of being involved and having influence on the case. In this way they also become engaged in a debate about morals, ethics, rules of the society and human considerations.

In my presentation I will tell about the theories and methods behind this kind of communication, give examples from the praxis in Den Gamle By and reflect on the experiences.


Marianne Bager was educated and has worked as a teacher in a public school on the outskirts of Aarhus for many years. Early in her career she became interested in drama, not only in teaching drama but in the way one can use drama as a learning medium. She earned a diploma in Drama from 1997-2000, which led in 2001 to a part-time job at the open air museum Den Gamle By where she started an education department. After a few years it became a full time job as head of the education team at the museum.




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