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ERIC Number: ED086614
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 12
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Can Anthropology Revolutionize Public School Curriculum? A Position Paper on the Emerging Role of Anthropology in Education.
Dynneson, Thomas L.
Anthropology has the potential to influence and change current patterns of curriculum organization in the public schools. Assuming that secondary schools isolate and compartmentalize knowledge, that history dominates the social studies/social sciences to the detriment of the field, that anthropology incorporates specialists from many disciplines to solve specialized problems, then, anthropology appears as a natural "core" and opportunity for reorganization of the social studies curriculum. During the 60's many anthropologists became concerned about education and worked to develop curriculum materials. Anthropology answers the felt need for interdisciplinary education; moreover, the anthropologist's approach to studying cultural systems might be usefully applied to pedagogical problems. Anthropology, open to numerous levels of intellectual attack, is not a panecea for curriculum problems; it is a controversial discipline for which qualified teachers and adequate instructional materials are still lacking. Nevertheless, as a core for social studies curriculum it can facilitate activity learning, allow for instruction of social sciences methodology within its specific framework, and integrate the social sciences. (JH)
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Note: Presented at the Iowa Academy of Science, spring 1973