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World Cultural Heritage from the Perspective of Young People – Perceptions, Meanings, Attitudes and Values in Context of Cultural Awareness and Societal Transformation

Led by:  Prof. Dr. Christiane Meyer
Team:  Verena Röll
Year:  2016
Funding:  Ministry for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony (MWK)
Duration:  2016-2019
Is Finished:  yes
[Translate to English:] Bemalte Schuhleisten im Fagus-Werk, Alfeld (aufgenommen durch eine Studienteilnehmerin)
[Translate to English:] Michaeliskirche in Hildesheim (aufgenommen durch eine Studienteilnehmerin)


The research project explored the perspectives of 14 to 17 years high school students from Lower Saxony regarding World Cultural Heritage and related themes. The qualitative study used focus groups and hermeneutic photography and was complemented by a quantitative subproject.

Project description

Under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Christiane Meyer, Institute for Science Education, Verena Röll explored how young people aged 14 to 17 years perceive World Cultural Heritage and related topics, as well as the meanings they personally attach to specific World Cultural Heritage Sites.

At first, in small focus groups the perceptions, meanings, attitudes and values were collected, videotaped and analysed by means of qualitative content analysis. Among others, the associations regarding the term ‘World Cultural Heritage’, meanings of selected Sites, explanatory approaches for the imbalanced global distribution of World Heritage Sites as well as consequences of the gain/loss of the World Heritage status were discussed. Additionally, the groups visited a World Cultural Heritage Site of their choice in Lower Saxony and explored it by means of hermeneutic photography.

In cooperation with the Institute of Educational Psychology, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Joachim Grabowski, materials and questionnaires were designed, used in schools and analysed.

English publications:

Röll, V. & Meyer, C. (2018): World Cultural Heritage from the Perspective of Young People - Preliminary Results of a Qualitative Study. In: Amoeda, R., Lira, S., Pinheiro, C. et al. (Hrsg.): Heritage 2018: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development, Volume 2. Granada, p. 1091- 1102