ERIC Number: ED186302
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Democratization of Anthropology: Anthropology in the Community College.
Clapham, Stephen; Furlow, Richard H.
Trends in anthropology education at the community college level are examined with particular regard to current problems, relationship to the anthropology profession, objectives, anthropology's uncertainty of focus, and predictions of future developments. The objective is to point out to anthropologists and other interested people how community colleges can help disseminate knowledge about anthropology's purposes and activities. Until recently, community college anthropology has been considered a marginal arm of the discipline, community college teachers have had only a tenuous claim to professional status, and the American Anthropological Association has indicated no interest in formal affiliation. Currently, however, community colleges are staffed by teachers (PhDs as well as MAs) who are attempting to defend their role as professionals and alert the discipline to the merits and potential of anthropology in the community colleges. Specific ways in which anthropologists in community colleges can contribute to a better understanding of the discipline include emphasizing teaching the basic tenets of anthropology to a student population which crosscuts all sectors of the local community, articulating broad concepts instead of specific research interests, developing courses to reflect a wide range of student capabilities, stressing anthropology's relevance to contemporary society, stimulating communication with other anthropologists, and participating as observers and/or consultants in local, national, and international affairs. (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (Cincinnati, OH, November 1979). Not available from EDRS in paper copy due to light print type.