What Could Archaeology’s Impact Be On Education?

Author(s): A. Gwynn Henderson; Linda S. Levstik

Year: 2015


Twenty-five years from now, as America’s educators put into place yet another "new" set of standards, and classroom teachers endure yet another pedagogical adjustment, will archaeology be at the table, included as an appendix, or invisible? Predicting the future is risky business, but the intrigue of the past never fails to engage learners. It’s our responsibility as educators to nurture that engagement and channel it toward understanding. Drawing from the preliminary results of a piloting project in four Kentucky schools, we discuss the strengths and weaknesses of using Project Archaeology: Investigating Shelter as a vehicle for inquiry-based teaching and deep conceptual understanding of diverse humanities subjects, and offer suggestions for what archaeology’s impact can be/could be in the social studies of the future.

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What Could Archaeology’s Impact Be On Education?. A. Gwynn Henderson, Linda S. Levstik. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396380)


Geographic Keywords
North America - Midwest

Spatial Coverage

min long: -104.634; min lat: 36.739 ; max long: -80.64; max lat: 49.153 ;