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Archaeology and Informal Education Progams for Youth

Author(s): Alexandra Jones

Year: 2013

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Archaeology programs conducted daily by archaeologists make a difference in how citizens perceive their cultural heritage and science. Through educational programs and outreach, archaeologists are inspiring new generations to explore the many fields of archaeological study.  Education programs, which introduce students to archaeology through an informal education model, tend to capture the attention and the interest of students. This approach rests upon the idea that when presented with intriguing, hands-on, multi-sensory experiences, youth engage deeply, asking their own questions, making their own connections, becoming intrinsically motivated explorers.  Various education programs throughout the United States utilize this model and I plan to explore how these programs have the potential to create a new generation of citizens excited and knowledgeable about archaeology and its use in the development of their cultural heritage.

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Archaeology and Informal Education Progams for Youth. Alexandra Jones. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428608)


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Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America