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of 12 evening lectu res for those interested in
history and archaeology, there's something
for everyone -- even mosaic and fresco mak-
ing for adults. Most importantly, all learn-
ing activities complement the interpretive
strategies used in the exhibition.
A series of education kits and onsite pro-
grams has also been developed to support
students engaged in formal learning situa-
tions -- primary, middle and upper second-
ary students, as well as adult learners in
further education programs. The 'Journey
to Pompeii' education kit and onsite activi-
ties reflect a range of learning approaches
that facilitate optimal learning in a museum
setting. Drawing on community of enquiry
approaches, learning styles theory, Bloom's
taxonomy and experiential learning, the
'Journey to Pompeii' suite of education
resources and programs provides teachers
with a range of resources, ideas and activi-
ties that can be tailored to meet the different
needs and interests of students.
Bloom's ta xonomic process informs the
intended learning outcomes in each of the
activities while key essential questions frame
the overall enquiry into daily life in Pompeii.
These resources can be found online. Fun-
damental to all these learning materials is
the study of material culture in history.
Material culture in history
Material culture study is the study, through
artefacts and other pertinent historical evi-
dence, of belief systems -- the values, ideas,
attitudes and assu mptions -- of a particular
community or society, usually across time.
The existence of a man-made object is con-
crete evidence of the presence of a human
mind operating at the time of fabrication.
The common assumption underlying mate-
rial culture research is that objects made
or modified by humans, consciously or
unconsciously, directly or indirectly, reflect
the belief patterns of the individuals who
made, commissioned, purchased or used
them and, by extension, the belief patterns
of the larger society of which they were a
part. Material objects also offer an insight
into the scientific and technological develop-
ment of the times.
'A Day in Pompeii' seeks to reconstruct
daily life in Pompeii through the examina-
tion and analysis of significant objects in
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