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Heritage Education & Museums

Heritage education is about enabling students to have the skills to make sense of the past in order to inform their understanding of the present, and to shape their future. This is an empowering process which enables them to understand that everything in the present is a product of different aspects of their heritage. Research in heritage education explores the best ways to make this happen. Such a process may occur in different contexts (on a field visit, in a museum, or in a virtual environment), and in different social environments: alone, with family, with friends etc. Understanding children's learning in such circumstances, drawing on educational research in formal and non-formal contexts, is the aim of this theme.

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