2004-28

2004-28

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In 1996, the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, with funding from the National Park Service’s National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT), initiated a survey of state historic preservation offices and selected heritage organizations in each of the fifty states. This systematic inquiry asked “What’s happening in heritage education in your state?” The results were published in 1997 in focus on 2000: a Heritage Education Perspective.

In April 2003, the Center for Historic Preservation proposed the National Center for Preservations Technology and Training to assist with a further survey that might ascertain the accuracy of that conclusion and to explore how heritage education could become a viable option for teacher-training programs at institutions of higher learning in every state. With the approval of the project by NCPTT,  the CHP spent the 2003-2004 academic year pursuing information from board of education and from teacher-training institutions in all fifty states. The survey design, the methods used for dissemination of those surveys, and the compilation of the responses generated are all reported in the pages that follow. Comments, conclusions, and suggestions based on the results are included as well.

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