Heritage education in practice

 Module leader: Don Henson

Module overview

Education is an important part of heritage management and interpretation. Many museums and other heritage organisations offer programmes for schools and other audiences in both formal and informal learning. A lot of work has been done over the last 20 years to ensure that programmes are of good quality and deliver meaningful learning outcomes. The module will give students skills in developing and assessing educational resources for heritage sites, as well as the educational context for their creation.

Aims

  • familiarity with the theories underlying good education in a heritage context
  • an understanding of how to assess the quality of heritage education
  • the principles underlying the creation of educational resources for schools

Learning outcomes

On completion of the module, students should understand the following areas of subject content:

  • the key elements of education theory;
  • the school curriculum in England;
  • methods of assessing education quality at heritage settings;
  • problems and issues involved in creating heritage education programmes;
  • the range of classroom and site-based educational resources online and in print;
  • where education sits within heritage management

and be able to:

  • critique academic writing about heritage education;
  • critique education materials produced by heritage sites;
  • assess heritage education in action or assess the worth of educational resources;
  • develop appropriate educational materials for a heritage site;
  • work as part of a team and yet meet differing aims and objectives.

Structure and content

Session 1: Educational theory and styles of learning (Don Henson)

Session 2: Museum and heritage education practice (Don Henson)

Session 3: Assessing the quality of museum and heritage learning (Don Henson)

Session 4: Student presentations of their educational resources (Don Henson)