Anthropology Education Committee

Anthropology Resources for Educators

Anthropology, the study of both ancient and modern peoples, helps us to understand the full range of human diversity. Each of anthropology's four major fields (socio-cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, linguistics, and archaeology) shares the same goals - to understand what we are and how we came to be.

Anthropology is an interdisciplinary science that correlates closely with content standards for various subjects such as history (i.e, study of past peoples, American Indians), geography (i.e., environment and society, places and regions), social studies (i.e., culture, continuity, and change), and science (i.e., science as inquiry, evolution of human life). Incorporating some of these anthropological teaching materials and activities listed below can enhance the teaching of social studies and science courses - and the enjoyment of student learning, as well as the enjoyment of teaching.

We hope that you find these resources, most of which are on the Web, engaging, useful, and fun in your classrooms.

The AEC would like to thank Siobhan Starrs
for her time and effort in compiling this information.

The resources in the list below have been recommended by members of AEC and other anthropologists. AEC believes that the sources cited here incorporate anthropological content and/or methods; however, we cannot review or screen all the listed resources.”

We have made every effort to test the integrity of the following links. If you happen across a link that no longer works, please notify Ann Kaupp (kaupp.ann@nmnh.si.edu).


TABLE OF CONTENTS


DEFINITIONS

Definition of Anthropology Terms:

  • Anthropology: The study of humankind from a biological and cultural perspective.
  • Archaeology: The study of past cultures based on material remains.
  • Biological Anthropology: The study of human biological diversity.
  • Cultural Anthropology: The study of living peoples by describing and explaining social and cultural similarities and differences.
  • Cultures: The learned patterns of behavior (i.e., traditions and customs) characteristic of a society.
  • Ethnology: A comparative and historical study of culture.
  • Ethnography: The study of present-day cultures through fieldwork.
  • Linguistic Anthropology: The study of the variety of human languages.

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