ERIC Number: ED198026
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Up Front Among the Down-Home Natives: The Anthropology of Teaching Introductory Anthropology.
Molohon, Kathryn T.
Effective teaching of college level introductory courses in anthropology should include techniques used by anthropologists themselves. An effective learning environment is first achieved by having respect for one's discipline, for students, and for the processes of learning and intellectual development. Once the environment has been established, one strategy which could be employed is the "Tribal-Elder Fieldwork Strategy." Instructors should imagine themselves as tribal leaders in charge of transmitting exciting tribal traditions. Also, even in the classroom, students can be placed in the roles of participant observers and the instructor could play the role of informant. In another variation the teacher could pass around artifacts and let the students determine their use. Finally, the students should be encouraged to become informants who share what they know with the instructor. An important element in this process is the instructor's recognition and support of student endeavors. (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper delivered at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (77th, Los Angeles, CA, November 17, 1978).