ERIC Number: ED199134
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Pre-collegiate Anthropology: Progress or Peril?
Dynneson, Thomas L.
Pre-collegiate anthropology is traced from the 1940's, when it was nothing more than an incidental footnote in most social studies textbooks, to 1978, when, according to a survey of state social studies specialists, it was part of the social studies curriculum in most states. Reasons for the development of pre-collegiate anthropology during the time period in question are (1) more teachers received training in anthropology as universities added or expanded anthropology departments, (2) more instructional materials were developed (although there is still a serious dearth of pre-collegiate anthropology materials), (3) professional anthropology associations became more supportive of pre-collegiate educational efforts, (4) the American public became increasingly interested in the work of prominent anthropologists as a result of mass media coverage, and (5) increased federal and private financial support became available for developing new curricula. The conclusion is that pre-collegiate anthropology was being taught in some form and at some grade level in about half the states by 1978. Implications for the future of pre-collegiate anthropology are, however unclear. For example, if one of the most serious problems--the lack of instructional materials--is not solved, pre-collegiate anthropology may revert to its former status as an unrecognized or hidden component of the social studies curriculum. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ. of the Permian Basin, Odessa.