“A valuable resource for those looking to make their teaching of the archaeological past more relevant to the present. The case studies demonstrate the work of people who are very invested in the practice of teaching—who strive to provide effective pedagogies, who wish to make archaeology applicable to the lives of their students, and who are very frank about the challenges and pitfalls of their approaches.”—Jon D. Daehnke, author of Chinook Resilience: Heritage and Cultural Revitalization on the Lower Columbia River
Pedagogy and Practice in Heritage Studies presents teaching strategies for helping students think critically about the meanings of the past today. In these pragmatic case studies, experienced teachers discuss ways to integrate the values of heritage studies into archaeology curricula, illustrating how the two fields enrich each other and how perspectives drawn from teaching public archaeology invite such engagement. The contributors argue for encouraging empathy, which can lead to awareness of the continuity between past and present; for reflecting on contemporary cultural norms; and for engagement with current issues of social and climate justice. These practical examples model ways to introduce diverse perspectives on history in pre-college, undergraduate, and graduate contexts while frankly assessing the challenges and pitfalls of these approaches.
Emphasizing the importance of heritage studies principles and active learning in archaeological education, this handbook and its companion, History and Approaches to Heritage Studies, provide tools to equip archaeologists and heritage professionals with collaborative, community-based, and activist approaches to the past.
Susan J. Bender, professor emerita of anthropology at Skidmore College, is coeditor of Teaching Archaeology in the Twenty-First Century. Phyllis Mauch Messenger is grants consultant for the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota and was the founding director of the Center for Anthropology and Cultural Heritage Education at Hamline University. She is coeditor of Cultural Heritage Management: A Global Perspective.
Contributors: Susan J. Bender | Richard Effland | Ricardo J. Elia | Frances Hayashida | A. Gwynn Henderson | Elizabeth Kryder-Reid | Meredith Anderson Langlitz | Nicolas Laracuente | Shereen Lerner | Alicia Ebbitt McGill | Lewis C. Messenger, Jr. | Phyllis Mauch Messenger | Jeanne M. Moe | Amalia Pérez-Juez | Thomas Pluckhahn | Charles S. White
Volumes in the series Cultural Heritage Studies, edited by Paul A. Shackel