November 19, 2004
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Manager, Education and Outreach
Society for American Archaeology
For Immediate Release
Archaeology Supports Education in Today’s Classrooms
American archaeologists have recently made a rare and unusual
discovery—and not from an ancient site half way around the
world. Archaeology’s latest discovery and perhaps best
kept secret is being unearthed in the more mundane setting of the
American classroom, where archaeologists have discovered that their
methods and research—too often inaccessible to non-scholars—are
helping teachers engage students in the study of subjects from
art to zoology.
George Brauer, a social studies educator with 30 years experience
in the Baltimore County, Maryland, Public Schools says “Archaeology
is a great hook for engaging students in order to teach them social
studies content and skills.” Teachers of science, language
arts, and math are finding the same thing. Archaeology may
be the Rosetta Stone of education today—a key that unlocks
student interest and enthusiasm, and helps teachers create lively
lessons that support local and state education standards.
At the annual meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies
in Baltimore this week, educators can choose from six presentations
and workshops that use archaeology to entice students, teach diversity,
understand chronology, and practice critical thinking skills. Archaeologists
from the Society for American Archaeology, the Society for Historical
Archaeology, and Project Archaeology—a heritage education
program of the US Dept of Interior-- will be in the Exhibit
Hall at Booth #853 to provide teachers with career information,
activities and lesson plans, and training information to help
them incorporate archaeology into their classroom teaching.
Content Provided by Maureen Malloy.
Posted by Patrice L. Jeppson 02/17/2005.