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Education - Foundations: Anthropology of Education

A guide to educational anthropology resources in UVic Libraries.


This guide focuses on resources held by UVic Libraries on the Anthropology of Education with a particular focus on anthropological traditions of inquiry into educational practice, policy, and research.

Your best source of information for an introduction to the anthropology of education is your instructor or supervisor. Ask them for their recommendations of useful introductory resources.

Let me know if you have recommendations for additional resources to be listed on this guide.

Introductory Video Clip--On the future of anthropology in schools of education

In 2014 Teachers' College at Columbia University held a special lecture series on the future of the anthropology of education.  Professor Lesley Bartlett from Teachers College moderates this session.

"By the late 1960s, anthropologists had started working on an agenda of research and advocacy that addressed many of the concerns of our professional audiences about human development and cognition, classrooms, school organization, etc., both in the United States and abroad. By the 1970s, this research blossomed across the country and the Council on Anthropology and Education became one of the larger sub-associations within the American Anthropological Association. In many schools of education, methods inspired by ethnography and qualitative sociology became the dominant mode of research. We must consider how the field evolved during the following decades, both in relation to its audiences in professional and policy circles, and in relation to major developments in the discipline itself." (Video description)

Introductory Video Clip--An introduction to the discipline of anthropology

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