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 Lauren Griffith at: email@example.com
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Processing Anthropology from an Undergraduate Student’s Perspective Caitlin Homrich May, 18, 2014 Anthropology courses and curricula are experienced by students uniquely, as each student brings a unique perspective to the classroom, fieldwork, readings, and assignments. Among the various factors that contribute to this perspective, such as reasons for taking the course or previous education within and outside of the department, is the student’s identity—race, ethnicity, class background, language, gender, etc. My own time in anthropology...read more
What Anthropologists Should Know Lauren Miller Griffith, Ph.D. University of Arkansas April 1, 2014 Keywords: learning objectives, cognitive domain, affective domain “Now I laugh when I go to the store and see The Jungle Book next to a display of bananas.” This is what one of my students told me when I asked what he was getting out of being an anthropology major. While this may just seem charmingly irreverent, what it captures is a deeper realization that his was of seeing and relating to the world is changing. His comment reflects recent...read more
Reclaiming Course Design as Disciplinary Terrain Lauren Miller Griffith, Ph.D. University of Arkansas February 13, 2014 Keywords: course design, learning objectives, scholarship Prior to joining the Department of Anthropology at the University of Arkansas, I spent two years at a different institution working as an instructional designer. It was a wonderful experience in many ways, but the title always felt funny to me. At times, I downright resented it. Why, you might ask. I am first and foremost an anthropologist, a rigorous scholar in a...read more