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Variability in Perspectives on Current Issues in Social Sciences

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Daniel Bešina

Social and human sciences are currently in a special position. On the one hand, they are subject to frequent doubts and mistrust while on the other hand, there is a view that the 21st century will be a century of social and human sciences, addressing their importance in solving key cultural and social issues of humanity.

In general, however, we can observe a decreasing interest in human and social sciences. The authors of the book believe that the rejection of the importance of human sciences is based on a fundamental misconception of facts. Society's education and culture is a prerequisite for the economic level of each country. Innovation is not only a matter of technical importance; it is equally important to understand human cultural behaviour in the broadest possible context.

This book presents studies in selected topics from social, human and historical sciences that demonstrate the relevance of the research in the area under consideration. The contributors to this book are researchers in the departments of Archaeology, Ethnology and Folklore, History, Culture and Tourism Management of Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra.

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The importance of cultural heritage in education

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(In upper secondary education with a focus on tourism)

Abstract: Cultural heritage demonstrates the development of society; it is the essence of the individual, regional and national identity and collective memory. In order to recover the contents of cultural heritage, it needs to be integrated into the existing society (not only) through the educational process. The usage of cultural heritage in the context of education is the current requirement of teaching cultural heritage to the younger generation. In our article, we emphasize the importance of cultural heritage in terms of its educational function.

Keywords: Cultural heritage, education, cultural education, cultural competence, educational process

Cultural heritage is an irreplaceable asset for a society. Discovering, exploring and assessing the significance of various objects of cultural heritage is conducted consciously and unconsciously in different situations, in different social groupings and by the individual, at all levels – local, sub-regional, regional, continental and global. In its broadest conception, it includes the cultural heritage of the Earth its memory and history from the beginning to the present in the form of tangible or intangible, animate and inanimate.1

The issue of cultural heritage is currently the subject of research of multiple disciplines, including ethnology, cultural studies, museology, tourism and others. The variety of fields in the study of cultural heritage highlights the need for an interdisciplinary approach.

The intention of our article is to consider cultural heritage in the context of education and address cultural...

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