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Teaching Heritage

Board of Studies NSW

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The personal meanings we attach to heritage and how these influence and shape the way we live and think as individuals, members of a community and citizens of a nation.

The importance of cultural values in thinking about heritage and identify some of the heritage practices that are helping to overcome cultural exclusion in this area.

The need to contain the exploitation of the environment that places Australia’s natural heritage at risk. Government initiatives in balancing the approaches taken to land – for example, collaboration.

SubSection MarkerHeritage and Identity

"Heritage is the combination of all those things that make us, as individuals, the people we are and, on a larger scale, make us the nation we are," writes Geraldine O’Brien. Contributors to this section focus on the personal meanings we attach to heritage and how these influence and shape the way we live and think as individuals, members of a community and citizens of a nation.

SubSection MarkerHeritage and Culture

"Heritage is my love of Australian history, looking at the lives and achievements of the convicts. It is also the exploits of the Roman emperors," begins Maria Geracitano in a discussion of her dual heritage. Contributors to this section focus on the importance of cultural values in thinking about heritage and identify some of the heritage practices that are helping to overcome cultural exclusion in this area.

SubSection MarkerHeritage and Land

"Modern Australia has an enviable wealth due in great measure to whole sale theft and overuse of land," observes Peter Garrett. Contributors to this section highlight the need to contain the exploitation of the environment that places Australia’s natural heritage at risk. Government initiatives in balancing the approaches taken to land – for example, collaboration between indigenous and non-indigenous people in managing NSW’S National Parks – are outlined in this section.

SubSection MarkerPublic Policy

"I hope that again people will start getting concerned as they were in the 1960–75 boom when Sydney was just about destroyed," comments Jack Mundey. Contributors to this section put the arguments for and against grassroots vigilance in protecting our diverse natural and built heritage. Also discussed are the community values and questions to consider that assist thought and action on heritage matters.

SubSection MarkerWeb Links

Here are links to some of the more interesting and informative websites for investigating the meanings attached to heritage.

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