TAIG Blog

Teaching Anthropology Interest Group (TAIG) Blog

The goal of this blog is to create a community of educators who share successful strategies, seek answers to instructional challenges, and provoke discussion on timely topics like the public perception of higher education and the value of anthropology within a liberal arts education.

Call for Guest Bloggers

Any teaching-related topic is welcome and we invite guest posts from both anthropology instructors & students as well as practicing anthropologists engaged in public education.  To find out more about the TAIG, become involved by writing a blog post, or make suggestions regarding how we can support your teaching needs, please email  TAIG Chair Katie Nelson at: [email protected]

For questions/comments about the website, please contact Katie Nelson: [email protected]

 

Pedagogies of Evidence, Accident, and Discovery: Teaching and Learning Ethnographic Methodology, Theory, and Serendipity, Part IV

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Teaching Anthropology | Comments Off on Pedagogies of Evidence, Accident, and Discovery: Teaching and Learning Ethnographic Methodology, Theory, and Serendipity, Part IV

Stephen Lyon Durham University March 7, 2017 My University is considered one of the research intensive universities of Britain. We are one of the largest in terms of faculty numbers as well as student intake. We teach methods at every year of our undergraduate programmes and all single honours students are required to do a double dissertation module in their final year in which they must produce or analyse primary data as part of a supervised independent project. We struggle with weaning them off the excessive teaching that has come to...

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Pedagogies of Evidence, Accident, and Discovery: Teaching and Learning Ethnographic Methodology, Theory, and Serendipity, Part III

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Teaching Anthropology | Comments Off on Pedagogies of Evidence, Accident, and Discovery: Teaching and Learning Ethnographic Methodology, Theory, and Serendipity, Part III

Stephen Chrisomalis Wayne State University March 7, 2017 I teach linguistic anthropology at a large public research university as a program requirement for both undergraduate and graduate students in anthropology and linguistics; for most of them, this is their only exposure to the subfield, its methods, and theories. This presents a challenge – to get students out of their typical ways of thinking about evidence and drawing their attention to the relation between discourse and cognition – but also an opportunity. I have never...

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Pedagogies of Evidence, Accident, and Discovery: Teaching and Learning Ethnographic Methodology, Theory, and Serendipity, Part II

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Wesley Allen-Arave University of New Mexico March 7, 2017 Research in anthropology requires a balance of flexibility and focus. A challenge in anthropology graduate training is imparting students with flexibility to adapt their research plans as complications and insights arise without tempering the students’ focus on recording compelling data for their research question(s). Unlike scientists in disciplines characterized by tightly controlled lab experiments, anthropologists generally observe people in their natural environments and lack...

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Pedagogies of Evidence, Accident, and Discovery: Teaching and Learning Ethnographic Methodology, Theory, and Serendipity, Part I

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Teaching Anthropology | Comments Off on Pedagogies of Evidence, Accident, and Discovery: Teaching and Learning Ethnographic Methodology, Theory, and Serendipity, Part I

Douglas William Hume Northern Kentucky University March 7, 2017   In the fall 2016 semester I was scheduled to teach an upper-division undergraduate course titled “Ethnographic Methods and Research” in which I use McCurdy, Spradley, and Shandy’s The Cultural Experience: Ethnography in Complex Society (2004) to introduce students to qualitative ethnosemantic research methods. It so happened that one of the sociologists in my department left the university last spring who was scheduled to teach a course titled “Qualitative Research...

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Call for Abstracts!

Posted by on Jan 29, 2017 in Teaching Anthropology | Comments Off on Call for Abstracts!

Call for Abstracts: “Why Anthropology Matters: Making Anthropology Relevant and Engaging a Larger Public Audience through Pedagogy” Proposed Executive/Invited Session American Anthropological Association 2017 Meetings Washington, DC Nov 29-Dec 3rd If you are interested in participating, please send a tentative title and 250 word abstract to Audrey Ricke, [email protected], by Feb 9. PROPOSED SESSION : “Why Anthropology Matters: Making Anthropology Relevant and Engaging a Larger Public Audience through Pedagogy” One...

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Open Access Teaching Resources

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Teaching Anthropology | Comments Off on Open Access Teaching Resources

Open Access Teaching Resources December 5, 2016 Katie Nelson, PhD   During the American Anthropological Association’s 2016 annual meeting in Minneapolis, I helped facilitate a roundtable discussion sponsored by the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges. The discussion spurred a robust conversation on the merits and challenges of open access teaching opportunities in anthropology. Addressing the new landscape of open access educational resources including journals, textbooks, data repositories, and multimedia collections, we...

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A Mocktail Party in Honor of Rigoberta Menchu

Posted by on Feb 19, 2016 in Teaching Anthropology | Comments Off on A Mocktail Party in Honor of Rigoberta Menchu

Lauren Miller Griffith Hanover College February 19, 2016 Despite the fact that I lead discussions every single day in my classroom for some reason I still struggle with leading discussions of monographs. Yes, I have my standard ‘go to’ strategies (think-pair-share, Socratic style question and answer, etc.), but inevitably the same students speak up and I either have to call on the more reticent students by name or allow them to remain mute. So every now and then I like to bring in a more unusual discussion technique. For example,...

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Co-learning in a Blended Environment

Posted by on Jan 8, 2016 in Teaching Anthropology | Comments Off on Co-learning in a Blended Environment

Matthew Trevett-Smith Boston University January 7, 2016 During this 30 minute video, Matthew demonstrates how he and his students develop best practices for co-learning in a blended environment powered by active experimentation, collaboration, and shared responsibility. How our students communicate using such digital tools as Google Docs, email, blogs, Twitter, wikis, websites, instant messaging, news outlet discussion forums, and online virtual worlds such as Fantasy Westward Journey and World of Warcraft has broad implications for our...

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Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer…Can I have an Extension, Please?

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Teaching Anthropology | Comments Off on Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer…Can I have an Extension, Please?

Heidi Bludau December, 22, 2015 Ah, yes, the end of the semester…the time when we rush to catch up on grading, students repeatedly ask what they can do to make up their poor performance the previous 13 weeks of the semester and grandmothers start dropping like flies. This time of semester, I can’t help but be reminded of the classic M*A*S*H* skit where Klinger “receives a letter from home” informing him that his mother is dying and he needs an emergency leave. We next learn of all the previous like letters he has received over time, ending...

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Blog on Teaching Culture

Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Teaching Anthropology | Comments Off on Blog on Teaching Culture

Lauren Miller Griffith May 25, 2015 The University of Toronto Press have blog that might be of interest to our readers: http://www.utpteachingculture.com/blog/ They also have three different series that are specifically related teaching anthropology. The ethnographies in their series are very accessible and would be great for undergraduate students. They’re also actively acquiring new manuscripts, so our members might want to consider submitting a...

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