ERIC Number: ED207616
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
New Directions in Social and Cultural Anthropology: Pushing Back the Chairs, Opening the Doors.
Brown, Beverly B.
The need to prepare students for intercultural communication and understanding has stimulated interest in global studies. Within the community college, global studies have been encouraged, but also limited by uncertainties in funding and resource commitment. In this period of confusion, it is important that college anthropology instructors adopt teaching strategies that are responsive, affirmative, and flexible. While lectures, readings, and class discussions establish a critical fund of information, other activities should be utilized to expand the student's role in the educational process. Students should share in planning course structure and the use of classroom time. Media, such as documentary films and school- or students-produced videotapes, can be immediate and powerful resources for understanding culture. Simulation games are effective in sparking interest and fostering an awareness of social interaction, cultural understanding, and a global perspective. Students with family and job responsibilities can be served through experiential learning activities such as independent research, work-study, service-learning projects, and field work research studies. The cultural awareness possible through study abroad can be made available for students who cannot travel through the internationalization of the curricula. These creative strategies for cultural understanding can function within current resources and financial constraints. (KL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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