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Historical archaeology and Australia’s cultural heritage sector: emerging issues for education and skills development.

Ireland, Tracy, Guthrie, Amy, Mackay, Richard and Smith, Anita 2013, Historical archaeology and Australia’s cultural heritage sector: emerging issues for education and skills development., Australasian historical archaeology, vol. 31, pp. 3-13.

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Title Historical archaeology and Australia’s cultural heritage sector: emerging issues for education and skills development.
Author(s) Ireland, Tracy
Guthrie, Amy
Mackay, Richard
Smith, Anita
Journal name Australasian historical archaeology
Volume number 31
Start page 3
End page 13
Total pages 11
Publisher Australian Society for Historical Archaeology
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication date 2013
ISSN 1322-9214
Keyword(s) historical archaeology
heritage
skills development
Notes This paper reviews findings from the Heritage Trades and Professional Training Project (GML et al. 2010) and draws out emerging issues for historical archaeology and heritage management in Australia. The research project was designed to gather and analyse data on the nature of existing education and training for the historic heritage sector and on the skills most used by heritage professionals. The analysis reveals that archaeology differs from other professions working in historic heritage in that most archaeology degrees are likely to contain heritage related content. Further, archaeologists are more likely than other heritage professionals to have gained their most-used workplace skills through formal learning, rather than ‘on the job’ training, suggesting that archaeology education has responded effectively to the needs of employment in the heritage sector. However, a range of systemic problems in heritage education and training were identified including: the geographic concentration of education in SE Australia; the need for education to respond to the changing theory and practice of heritage; the need for improved national co-ordination and collaboration between education providers and regulatory authorities; and the need to make grant funding and project approvals conditional upon the employment of appropriately qualified specialists, in order to build demand for quality and best practice.
Language eng
Field of Research 210108 Historical Archaeology (incl Industrial Archaeology)
210202 Heritage and Cultural Conservation
Socio Economic Objective 950307 Conserving the Historic Environment
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Australian Society for Historical Archaeology
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30065109

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