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Heritage education in practice - ARC00078M

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  • Department: Archaeology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Don Henson
  • Credit value: 5 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2018-19

Module aims

Education is an important part of heritage management and interpretation. Many museums and other heritage organisations offer programmes for schools. A lot of work has been to done over the last 20 years to ensure that programmes are of good quality and deliver meaningful learning outcomes. The module will give students:


  • 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.

Module 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.


Task Length % of module mark
Create 1500 word educational resource
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
1500 word essay
N/A 100

Module feedback

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