Integrating historic preservation into the public primary and secondary school curriculum
Brockenbrough, Mignon Lawton
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This thesis explores the various educational efforts to introduce Historic Preservation into primary and secondary public school curricula both through heritage education activities and a unique example of comprehensive historic preservation education as the foundation for an academic academy. The thesis compares and contrasts two approaches to incorporating historic preservation into the public school system (heritage education and historic preservation education), and examines a noteworthy case study of each alternative. It advocates for the replication and proliferation of the integrated academy model as a means of promoting a commitment to principles and values of Historic Preservation, career choices within the preservation trades and associated fields, and as a well-documented method of involving, engaging, retaining, and enabling success within a student body with diverse interests and abilities.