ERIC Number: ED242646
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Using Fiction to Teach Introductory Anthropology.
Ellenbaum, Charles O.
A discussion of the role of fiction in a college level anthropology course is divided into two sections. The first section describes several advantages of using fiction rather than a text to teach anthropology. Teacher and students share more or less equally in the teaching process with this approach. The teacher is no longer an authority on a subject because the teacher and students explore a novel together. With fiction, there are no right or wrong answers to inhibit discussion. Moreover, well-written fiction arouses higher interest than professional writing in anthropology. Fictionalized case studies offer opportunities to apply values, to integrate the real world with the theoretical, and to develop problem-solving skills. Teachers have a responsibility to help students understand themselves, their culture, and their physical-biotic environment. They must also help students learn to enjoy thinking and learning. Using a teaching method that is meaningful and interesting to the teacher as well as the students, such as the fiction approach, facilitates this process. The second section consists of appendices containing practical course materials. These are: a list of "thought" questions, an example of a fictionalized anthropological case study, a list of group functions, a needs assessment of cross-cultural human resource training, a list of characteristics of good instruction, an outline of course goals, and a 4-page reading list. (LP)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (Chicago, IL, November 16-20, 1983).