Archaeology to Delight and Instruct: Active Learning in the University Classroom

Archaeology to Delight and Instruct: Active Learning in the University Classroom

by Heather Burke, Claire E Smith

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Overview

This book presents novel and interesting ways of teaching archaeological concepts and processes to college and university students. Seeking alternatives to the formal lecture format, the various contributions seek better ways of communicating the complexities of human behavior and of engaging students in active learning about the past. This collection of imaginative exercises designed by 20 master instructors on three continents includes role-playing, games, simulations, activities, and performance, all designed to teach archaeological concepts in interesting and engaging ways.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781315433639
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/16/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Heather Burke is in the Department of Archaeology, Flinders University, and an expert on Australian historical archaeology. In 2010 she was honored as one of Flinders University's top instructors. Claire Smith is in the Department of Archaeology, Flinders University, and President of the World Archaeological Congress.

Table of Contents


Lectures as Usual? Teaching Archaeology for Fun   Claire Smith   Heather Burke     11
Role Play     35
Seven Degrees of Archaeology, or Diverse Ways of Interpreting the Past   Heather Burke   Claire Smith     37
The Great Debate: Archaeology, Repatriation, and Nationalism   Morag Kersel     55
Games     67
Grasp, or Happy Families, the Archaeological Way   Gail Higginbottom     69
The Skin Game: Teaching to Redress Stereotypes of Indigenous People   Claire Smith   Heather Burke     80
The Big Dig: Theoretically Speaking   Gail Higginbottom     102
Simulations     113
The Game of Context: Teaching the History of Archaeology Without Foregone Conclusions   John Carman     115
The Simulated Excavation: An Alternative to Archaeological Site Destruction   Bradley F. Bowman   Glenna Dean     128
Digging Your Own Grave: Generic Skills from an Archaeological Simulation   Clive Orton     143
Hands-on Activities     157
Playing with Ochre: Some Problems Associated with the Analysis of Indigenous Rock Markings   Michael Diplock   Abigail Stein     159
Perspectives from a Pot: IntroducingArchaeological Theory Through Visual Interpretation   Melinda Leach     168
Culture of Litterbugs   M. Jay Stottman   Sarah E. Miller   A. Gwynn Henderson     180
Toilets as Tools of Teaching   H. Martin Wobst     201
Simple Ideas to Teach Big Concepts: 'Excavating' and Analyzing the Professor's Desk Drawer and Wastebasket   Larry J. Zimmerman     211
Creative Construction and Performance     223
The Draw-an-Archaeologist Test: Eliciting Student's Ideas About Archaeology   Susan D. Renoe     225
Using the Fictional Tale as a Learning Tool   Caryn M. Berg     234
Telling Stories About the Past: Archaeology and Museum Interpretation   Jane Lydon     241
Scenarios for Archaeologists: A Teaching Tool   Mitch Allen     245
Critical Reflection     253
The Scrapbook Exercise: Teaching Archaeology of Death as Critical Thinking   Patricia E. Rubertone     255
Brain Candy   K. Anne Pyburn     266
Index     273
About the Contributors     282

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