by Daniel Ginsberg, PhD
Manager, Education, Research and Professional Development
American Anthropological Association
I am excited to announce a panel we have had accepted for SfAA Portland 2019. The title is Current Offerings and New Directions in Pre-College Anthropology Education, and it features educators from the Pacific Northwest (one high school teacher, one community college professor, and one museum educator) as well as AAA staff who can give national context based on our research. Our goal is to discuss how pre-college anthropology might be made more widely available.
(W-95) WEDNESDAY 1:30-3:20
Current Offerings and New Directions in Pre-College Anthropology Education (Higher Ed TIG)
CHAIR: GINSBERG, Daniel (AAA)
PANELISTS: GARDNER, Lynne (Cleveland High School), BISSAT, Jóhanna (Cascadia Coll), DOBKINS, Rebecca (Williamette U), JACKSON, Palmyra and GINSBERG, Daniel (AAA)
GINSBERG, Daniel (AAA) Current Offerings and New Directions in Pre-College Anthropology Education. Anthropology appears in national curriculum frameworks and has been taught in US high schools since the NSF-funded curriculum projects of the 1960s. Yet, secondary-level social studies mainly includes history and civics; stand-alone anthropology is rarer than psychology or even sociology. This panel features practitioners from contexts where high school students most often have access to anthropology—International Baccalaureate programs and community college dual enrollment—as well as museum education. We will contextualize this discussion with research findings on the history and nationwide prevalence of high school anthropology, and discuss how pre-college anthropology might be made more widely available.