Pillow in the form of a reclining boy, Ding ware, Porcelain with translucent glaze, Song dynasty, 960–1279 © The Palace Museum

The Hong Kong Palace Museum is pleased to introduce a free online class presented by internationally renowned museum expert Dr Sharon E. Shaffer. The class equips you with effective teaching tools and innovative object-based learning methods that can be applied in a wide variety of educational settings, from the museum and classroom to online platforms and home.

Dr Shaffer is a pioneer in using objects from museum collections in early childhood learning at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA. Focusing on the learning needs of kindergarten to Primary Six students, Dr Shaffer will use treasures from the Forbidden City in Beijing to illustrate strategies for object lessons, providing participants with tried-and-trusted practical tools for teaching.

The class, conducted in English, is free of charge and open to all. The first ten registrants will receive a selection of beautiful HKPM souvenirs. All participants will be invited to take part in post-lecture discussions and will have a chance to win a grand prize.


28 November 2020 (Saturday)


Dr Sharon E. Shaffer

Dr Daisy Yiyou Wang, Deputy Director of the Hong Kong Palace Museum

Free admission

(852) 2200 5500, hkpm.info@wkcda.hk

About the Speaker:

Dr Sharon E. Shaffer

Dr Sharon E. Shaffer

Dr Sharon E. Shaffer is a former Executive Director of the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center in Washington, DC, USA, where she established a national model in museum-based education for young children. She is the only educator ever to receive the Smithsonian Institution Secretary’s Gold Medal for Exceptional Service. Author of Engaging Young Children in Museums (2015), Object Lessons and Early Learning (2018), and International Thinking on Children in Museums: A Sociocultural View of Practice (2021), Dr Shaffer has a PhD in Social Foundations of Education and has taught for over a decade at the University of Virginia.

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