Date of Award

12-2013

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Anthropology

First Advisor

Dr. Michael Nassaney

Second Advisor

Dr. LouAnn Wurst

Third Advisor

Dr. Kristina Wirtz

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

Archaeological public outreach to children can be enhanced through collaboration with school educators. While archaeologists have begun to collaborate with local and descendant communities, they have been slow to engage in work with educators in the same manner. The Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project provides the context for me to explore some of the current issues in public archaeology and the politics of education. My study was conducted to better understand the needs of both children and teachers. In my work with the archaeological summer camp for middle school students I seek to conceptualize how the camp enhances their educational experience and how they understand their own formal schooling. My goal in working with educators is to better understand their classroom and educational philosophies as they relate to collaborative projects. I argue that it is important to teach through archaeology rather than about it so that archaeology is a tool for critical thinking with the ultimate goal of empowering people to create their own knowledge and to engage in the world around them.

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