Teaching Resources

The following resources are meant primarily for pre-university education and can be used by teachers teaching Anthropology A-level, IB Anthropology, or related social sciences. We are continually adding new resources to this page. If you have any suggestions of teaching and learning material which could be added to this section, please email Emma Ford the RAI's This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Resources to help stimulate student interest in anthropology

      Anthropological Poems, Songs and Cartoons

      Pictures of Fieldwork


Classroom Resources

Useful links:

http://www.aaanet.org/cmtes/commissions/aec/Anthropology-Resources-for-Educators.cfm - The American Anthropological Association has compiled an extensive list of web links for major specialist areas in anthropology, as well as geographical regions and related subjects.

http://www.socialscienceforschools.org.uk- A new website from the Economic and Social Research Council which brings social science research into the classroom.

http://lrs.ed.uiuc.edu/students/xiaoyu/majorweb.html - Internet resources for teaching and learning anthropology.

http://highschoolanthropology.com/ - a website containing examples of student projects, teaching resources, and links for teaching anthropology to secondary school students.



The RAI's academic publication Anthropology Today offers articles on anthropology in the news, anthropological research and current debates in the discipline. 


Recommended text books and ethnographies:

Throughout this website there are suggested ethnographies and other publications which have been listed under their appropriate topic. For a list of recommended ethnographies which are accessible to students beginning their exploration of anthropology visit our ethnography page


Suggested lesson plans/classroom activities: 


Visiting Museums and Libraries: 

  • Discover Anthropology has an extensive list of museums and libraries throughout the UK which contain anthropological material. Visit our museums and libraries page to find a center near you.
  • The Center for Anthropology at the British Museum hosts one of the most extensive collections of books, journals, and other printed material related to anthropology. 


Using Ethnographic Films: 

The RAI has one of the most extensive ethnographic film libraries in Europe. Films are available for sale or for hire from the RAI's Film Officer, Susanne Hammacher at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For more information visit: www.therai.org.uk/film

Discover Anthropology has a quick reference guide to some of the films which are included in the RAI's ethnographic film library. Take a look at the following PDFs for films on: 

Anthropology of Art

Anthropology of Childhood

Ecological Anthropology

Anthropology of Development 

Anthropology of Gender

Medical Anthropology

Anthropology of Performing Arts

Political Anthropology

Anthropology of Religion

Visual Anthropology  


Other Resources:

Information, books and resources on Social and Cultural Anthropology and Biological Anthropology

Anthropology in the News

Anthropology on the Radio

Information & Photographs on Fieldwork 

Key Terms in Anthropology

Anthropological Events and Activities