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Gold Coast Heritage Educator’s Bus Trip reveals potential for YEAR 2 National History curriculum

Posted on: 28 June 2012

The Gold Coast Heritage Team’s  heritage consultation program included an Educator’s Bus Tour of 5 of the city’s small museums and the Local Studies Library. Educators were asked to provided feedback on how each museum related to the new national history curriculum as well as complete a general survey on each museum. The day was attended by thirty-two educators representing a mix of public and private schools, Griffith University and others in related fields.

When educators were asked what they would like to include as part of a school history excursion, the top three responses were:simulation/historic re-enactments; museum visits; archaeological digs. The three best ways that local museums could support educators planning school history excursions is through: excursion plans; school visits; information sessions for teachers. The top three additional ways for museums to engage with students is through: online photo gallerys; worksheets; youtube clips.

In terms of cost for a museum visit, the $5 entry fee seemed the most acceptable, especially in light of the expense of transport.  Educators were asked to map the content at each museum  to the national history curriculum for each year level. Their survey showed that the closest match between a history curriculum requirement and the museum collections is for Grade 2. The curriculum focus for the Prep to Grade 2 years is to develop an awareness of family history and community heritage. In particular, Grade 2 look at “the past in the present” through studies of local history. All of the city’s small museums, as well as the Local Studies Library, are well equipped to provide for this curriculum focus. While overall the closest mapping is to Grade 2, there is clearly potential for each museum to provide content at each grade level. ( From Gold Coast Heritage Newsletter, Issue 5, June 2012)


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