Heritage Education

Heritage education

Cultural heritage is used in the teaching environment, mainly to bring cultural heritage to the attention of as many pupils as possible and to enrich the learning processes.

Heritage education is an approach to teaching and learning based on the idea that heritage offers the opportunity to learners to engage in experiences that make them learn. By directly experiencing, examining, analysing and evaluating cultural heritage such as buildings, monuments, workplaces, landscapes, artefacts, rituals and traditions, learners gain knowledge, intellectual skills and a wider range of competences that enhance their capacities for maintenance and improvement of the society and ways of living.

Heritage interpretation approach

Non-formal learning approach, suited for eTwinning or other transnational projects. Heritage interpretation turns experiences into sources of inspiration and creativity, it provokes students’ curiosity, includes narratives that might be relevant to them and it encourages reflection.

Compared to other learning approaches, the most significant feature of heritage interpretation is that it actively encourages participants to interpret their experience themselves in searching for their own meaningful context behind the facts. It seeks to provide:

• first-hand experience with original heritage phenomena (experiential learning)

• active involvement of and exchange with participants, provoking personal resonation

• commitment to the idea of caring for heritage (and also as a resource for personal learning)