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Constructing Archaeology as a Subject in the School Curriculum


Zarmati, LFC, Constructing Archaeology as a Subject in the School Curriculum, Archaeological heritage and education: an international perspective on history education, Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO, D Trskan and S Bezjak (ed), Slovenia, pp. 245-263. ISBN 978-961-93589-8-6 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

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In this chapter I examine arguments for and against teaching Archaeology in schools. I then present three possible models for offering it as a subject in the school curriculum. The first two examples were designed by curriculum authorities for secondary students in Australia and England. They are constructed as formal subjects to be taught over extended periods of time at senior secondary level. The third is a proposed model of integration with STEM/STEAM that responds to international recommendations for twenty-first century learning. I conclude by arguing that Archaeology offers students the perfect blend of knowledge and skills from the Sciences and Humanities. It is also a forum in which young adults can think as global citizens by examining ‘big picture’ questions about the past that impact the present as well as the future.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:archaeology, cross-curriculum, curriculum, history, interdisciplinary, science, schools, secondary, pedagogy, STEM, STEAM
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Humanities and social sciences curriculum and pedagogy (excl. economics, business and management)
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
UTAS Author:Zarmati, LFC (Dr Louise Zarmati)
ID Code:141270
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2020-10-08
Last Modified:2020-12-02

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