Session: #287

Theme & Session Format

Archaeological heritage and museum management: future chances, future risks
Session format:
Regular session

Title & Content

Archaeology in Schools. International Approaches in Comparison
Despite the fact that archaeologists have tried to offer students the perspective that archaeology is everywhere, traditionally, the material sources have been seen as most useful teaching material to «illustrate» the historical content instead of being introduced as sources to be analysed.
Visiting an archaological site or museum has been regarded as an act of perception and reception of information in order to enhance students’ motivation. The students’ agency in this kind of learning process is usually quite low.
However, in the last decade this view has been challenged. It is argued that the introduction of archaeological methodology in formal educational settings proves to be a valuable and effective resource for historical learning. Furthermore, it allows to implement enquiry based strategies to teaching and learning as well as understanding the importance of preserving archaeological heritage by means of assessing its value as a source of knowledge.
This session will deal with approaches from different countries on how to integrate archaeology and its methodology together with material culture into classroom practices. There will also be a focus on the process of reconstruction: from the prospection, to finds, to sources, to interpretations, and presentations in a narrative. This includes formal teaching at archaeological sites.
We invite contributions which discuss how to incorporate archaeological methodology, sites, monuments, and artefacts as well as the importance of cultural heritage for society into the history classroom.
Archaeological methodology, Archaeological Heritage, Archaeological Education
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Main organiser:
Christian Mathis (Switzerland) 1
Alejandro Egea Vivancos (Spain) 2
Laura Arias Ferrer (Spain) 2
Helena Pinto (Portugal) 3
1. Zurich University of Teacher Education
2. University of Murcia
3. University of Porto