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by Archaeology Newsroom

Investigation of the European experience in the application of Educational Cultural Programs to school curriculums

The educational policy of museums and cultural media of Germany, Great Britain and France was looked into by the research team of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in the years 1998 to 2000.

A general characteristic of the policy of British museums is the effort made to achieve a direct and effective connection of cultural activities with the national school curriculum. Therefore, although educational programmes are planned by museums, it is the teachers who have the last word in their realization.

The German museums’ policy is twofold. The educational departments of German museums plan and realize educational activities which are organized by special services which undertake the educational support of all museums. A close contact is kept with school teachers.

In France, the conducted tours of museums for children are combined with workshop activities. French museums usually organize such programmes and school teachers take on a secondary role in these educational activities.