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Kate Noble

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Dr Kate Noble

Kate is the strategic lead on research relating to learning and engagement practice at the Fitzwilliam Museum. She has a particular interest in collaborative action research and its’ potential to stimulate change and improve practice which we have been exploring through the Nursery in Residence, Lines of Enquiry and It's Our Museum Too projects. Kate leads the Inspire teacher training programme which encourages creative teaching and learning using objects and images.

Kate holds a PhD in the Development of Visual Literacy in Young Children, and a BEd in Art and Early Years Education, both from the University of Cambridge. She is a member of the National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD) council,  Affiliate of the Chartered College of Teaching and is East Area rep for engage, the advocacy organisation for gallery education and member of the British Educational Research Association (BERA) and United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA). She has contributed chapters to books on multi-modal literacy in children and worked as a researcher for Tate's Young Cultural Creators Project. More recently she has led learning research and evaluation projects on behalf of the University of Cambridge Museums including the AHRC follow-on funded Practical Evaluation Project. 

Job title: Senior Research Associate: Museum Learning

Email: kjr21@cam.ac.uk

Articles

Noble, K (2021) ‘“Getting hands on with other creative minds”: Establishing a community of practice around primary art and design in the art museum’, International Journal of Art and Design Education, 40(3), p. n-n. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jade.12371

Noble, K. and Wallis, N. (2021), "It's our museum too: co-producing research in a university museum through a nursery residency programme", Qualitative Research Journal, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi-org.ezp.lib.cam.ac.uk/10.1108/QRJ-01-2021-0009

Editorial with Nicola Wallis and Lawrence Bradbury in Museum and Gallery Learning in the Early Years, Special Issue, in GEM Journal 40, Group for Education in Museums (2020) pp3-7

'Making the Most of Museums: The Case for Learning Through Objects' in Impact, Journal of the Chartered College of Teaching (Online Edition) September 2019

‘Picture Thinking: The Development of Visual Literacy in Young Children’, in Engage 38 Special Issue on Visual Literacy, December, 2016; pp40-51

‘Investing in Teachers of the Future through Initial Teacher Training’ GEM conference presentation and publication with Philip Stephenson in GEM Journal 25, Group for Education in Museums (2014) pp10-12

Contributions to edited books and volumes

Noble, K., Wallis, N., et al. 'Leaving Room for Learning: University of Cambridge Museums Nursery in Residence' chapter in Hackett, A., Holmes, R. & MacRae, C., Working with young children in museums; weaving theory and practice, (Routledge, 2020)  

Thinking aloud: Looking at children drawing in responose to picturebooks in Children Reading Pictures: Interpreting Visual Texts, Evelyn Arizpe and Morag Styles, (2nd edition, Routledge 2016), pp99-120

‘Thinking in Action: analysing children’s responses to multimodal picturebooks’ chapter with Morag Styles in Talking beyond the Page ed. Janet Evans, (Routledge 2009) pp118-133

‘Picturebooks and the Development of Visual Literacy’ chapter in What do you see? International Perspectives on Children’s Literature, ed. Jennifer Harding and Pat Pinsent (2008) pp153-164

'Beyond the Text: metafictive picturebooks and sophisticated readers' chapter in Teaching Through Texts, ed. Morag Styles and Holly Anderson, (Routledge, 2000)

Research and Evaluation Reports

Digital Maker Residency End of Project Report with Ina Pruegel, (University of Cambridge Museums, 2018)

UCM Nursery in Residence End of Project Report with Nicola Wallis (University of Cambridge Museums, 2018)

UCM Digital Schools ConsultationResearch Report’ with Sarah Jane Harknett and Naomi Chapman, (University of Cambridge Museums 2015) 

‘Thresholds: Poets in Residence Evaluation Report’, Unpublished Report, (University of Cambridge Museums, 2013)

Teaching Resources

Look Think Do with Rosanna Evans and Holly Morrison (The Fitzwilliam Museum 2020-2021)

Looking at Collections: A How to Guide for Researchers with Lucy Shipp and Ina Pruegel (UCM 2018)

Harrison Moore, A and Noble, K, Extended Project: Using Museums and Galleries, (OCR Teacher Notes 2017)

‘The Quest for the Pharoah’s Sarcophagus’, Science, Art and History interactive game created with Frances Sword, Helen Strudwick, Philip Stevenson and Mark Wingfield (The Fitzwilliam Museum, 2016)

‘Big Draw on Tour Sourcebook’ with Pam Smy, Anna Betts and Jenny Duke (University of Cambridge Museums, 2012)

Selected Case Studies and Blog Posts

Look Think Do with Rosanna Evans and Holly Morrison (University of Cambridge Museums, 16.9.20)

Inspire: A celebration of children's art with Holly Morrison and Sarah Villis (University of Cambridge Museums, 13.1.20)

Practical Evaluation (University of Cambridge Museums, 9.9.10)

More sessions please! Planning enrichment sessions for teachers (University of Cambridge Museums, 9.04.19)

Learning to teach in the museum  with Nicola Wallis (University of Cambridge Museums, 26.11.18)

Creativity and Experimentation: Digital making with Ina Pruegel (University of Cambridge Museums, 19.10.18)

‘The Twins’: Creating a resource for research with Lucy Shipp (Understanding British Portraits Professional Network, 2018)

Reflecting on the Findings of the UCM Nursery in Residence Project with Nicola Wallis, Felicity Plent and Bronwen Richards (University of Cambridge Museums, 27.08.18)

Valuing the Visual: Reflections on the role of museums in supporting children and young people’s creativity and visual literacy.’ (University of Cambridge Museums Blog Post, 1.9.17)

Teacher Training Session with Access Art

What do teachers Want from a Digital Museum Resource? with Sarah-Jane Harknett and Naomi Chapman (University of Cambridge Museums Blog Post, 9.3.17)

‘Managing a school trip across eight museums’ in GEM Case Studies Vol.14 (2015)

‘Evaluating the Thresholds Poetry Residency’ Working with Writers Case Study, Museum Practice 16.06, Museum Association Website (2014)

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