The Curriculum Committee’s New Curriculum Resource

Author(s): Justin Williams; Nancy Gonlin; Leah McCurdy

Year: 2016


When teaching archaeology, professors are tasked with the difficult undertaking of conveying the essence of a hands-on field that often must be taught within the confines of the classroom. This restriction can make creating effective classroom activities and all-inclusive syllabi a challenge. Adding to the difficulty is the emphasis that research receives at conferences. Latest findings from the field are the focus rather than innovative pedagogy. The SAA’s Principles of Archaeological Ethics stresses that, as educators, we effectively disseminate archaeological information to a wider audience. This audience includes our students. In order to promote, distribute, and encourage the creation of innovative and effective materials for archaeology courses, we are excited to announce that the Committee on Curriculum has created a new online Curriculum Resource as part of the SAA website. SAA members will be able to download examples of engaging classroom activities and syllabi from a wide range of courses. This poster highlights some materials that will be included in the online Curriculum Resource. It further outlines the process through which archaeologists can submit their own pedagogical materials to share with the SAA online community. This resource will be useful for both new and veteran archaeology professors.

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The Curriculum Committee’s New Curriculum Resource. Justin Williams, Nancy Gonlin, Leah McCurdy. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404256)