The present paper is based on the findings of my PhD research at the open air museum of St Fagans: National History Museum of Wales (NHM). My study brought together museums and schools, two sets of data that are usually studied and analyzed separately in the existing literature (Falk et al., 2006:6). Field observations of Key Stage 2 (7 to 11 years old) classes before, during and after their museum visit, as well as interviews of staff, teachers and children are used to look at the understandings of history that St Fagans: NHM tries to communicate through its history workshops. Based on my school data I critically discuss theories on activity in conjunction with the learning theories that support them and historical re-enactment approaches that are popular among museums.
|Keywords:||Re-Enactment, Open Air Museum, Active Learning, National Curriculum|
PhD Student, Social Sciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK
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