Aims & Objectives
The overall goal of InHerit is to build heritage staff capacity for competence oriented informal learning in inspiring heritage contexts that offer visitors a low threshold entrance to lifelong learning with a European dimension.
The first aim of InHerit is to develop competences in Heritage Interpretation (HI) for key stakeholders who direct and deliver non-formal education for visitors.
Therefore InHerit will try :
- to further develop HI philosophy and methodology, and teach its application for visitors' personal development, for site management goals and for European policies and values.
- to establish a high quality regular Grundtvig / “Erasmus for All” IST that develops key competences for adult learning staff in HI. By 2020 the majority of managers and educators working with sites of international significance should have benefited from this IST.
- to exploit the results for enhanced training and practice at national, regional and local level.
- to outline advanced IST within the LLP aiming to develop the skills of educators for different HI formats, special techniques and target groups, aligned with the reference framework of key competences for adult learning staff.
Heritage Interpretation originated in the US national parks where it is a highly successful approach to visitor-oriented non-formal education. However, it needs to be further developed for and embedded in the European context. It will thus be the task of the InHerit consortium :
- to reveal the links between the pedagogic principles of HI and Europe, i.e. European values and policies and educational philosophy.
- to integrate state of the art competence-oriented education in HI methodology.
- to apply the European key competences framework when exploiting the creative learning environments of heritage sites for LLL.
Professional recognition of non-formal adult education at heritage sites must be raised. Therefore this project will also :
- develop and teach validation of visitors' learning outcomes by methods that are suitable for informal heritage environments.
- develop a validation system for IST in HI, that is feasible and practicable under the financial and management conditions in Grundtvig.
- relate the validation of IST learning outcomes to the EQF.
- develop and promote policy recommendations for better impact from HI for lifelong learning and other European policies beyond the LLP, to enhance acknowledgement for the profession and to improve non-formal adult learning experience for visitors at museums, monuments and sites.
Last but not least, InHerit will contribute to the effectiveness and success of the new education and learning trends focusing on place-based learning and learning cities & regions. Interpretation techniques offer a valuable didactic approach to place-based learning and heritage sites are ideal places for competence driven, exploratory and participative learning experiences. Heritage as such represents a valuable sector in the ‘learning ecology’ of a region or city.