ERIC Number: ED358002
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Heritage Education: What's Going On Out There?
Hunter, Kathleen A.
Heritage education is an interdisciplinary, interactive approach to examining the historical and cultural evidence of heritage that remains in neighborhoods, community, and regions. This paper seeks to answer some basic questions about heritage education, including: What is it? What are heritage educators seeking to accomplish? Is there a right way to go about it? Who is doing it? A number of heritage education programs and activities from throughout the country are discussed. Examples of heritage education practices include history discovery trunks, walks around neighborhoods, field trips to historic sites, adopt-a-building projects, community planning simulations, historical reenactments, and lessons for an integrated curriculum. Research on state and local programs and activities involving heritage education reveals some disturbing information. For example, few of the programs that have been developed have been adopted by the schools they are meant to serve. The vast majority of programs are for early elementary students and connected to local or state history units. There are few existing programs for upper elementary, middle, or high school students. The paper also discusses the "teaching with historic places" program that has been developed cooperatively by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Park Service's National Register for Historic Places. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association (Washington, DC, December 28, 1992).