ERIC Number: EJ905164
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
Implementing Community Service Learning through Archaeological Practice
Nassaney, Michael S.
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, v10 n3 p89-99 Sum 2004
The Anthropology Department at Western Michigan University has sponsored an annual archaeological field school since the mid-1970s. Over the past decade, students have worked with community and government organizations, learning to apply archaeological methods to real world problems to preserve and interpret significant heritage sites. They come to see historical knowledge as subject to political controversy--a valuable civics lesson that emerges from the realization that the community consists of multiple audiences with different visions and interpretations of history. Engaged archaeology promotes civic involvement and moves beyond the rhetoric of serving the public good that characterizes conventional archaeological training and scholarship. Examples of collaborative research drawn from partnerships with several public and private agencies illustrate the benefits of this approach for learning and service.
Descriptors: Community Programs, Service Learning, Archaeology, Partnerships in Education, Private Agencies, Public Agencies, Theory Practice Relationship, Reflection, College Students, Politics of Education, Historical Interpretation, Difficulty Level, Citizen Participation
Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning, University of Michigan. 1024 Hill Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3310. Tel: 734-647-7402; Fax: 734-647-7464; Web site: http://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/mjcsl
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A