The following resources may be useful for teachers of pre-university anthropology (A-Level Anthropology, IB Social and Cultural Anthropology, Anthropology in Community Colleges and extra-curricular activities).
Educational events and teacher support sessions:
Free online course and resources about the Anthropology of Social Media:
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Check out the "Why we post" website which is full of resources
Resourcd Anthropology Exchange: a place for teachers to share their own anthropology teaching resources. You can also download resources from RAI Teacher Support sessions, resources from events organised by the RAI and resources from University open days on anthropological topics. To upload your own resources go here: http://www.resourcd.com/@anthropologyexchange/file/share . You will need to register on the site but this is free and very quick to do.
TES: other anthropology teaching resources uploaded by teachers to the Times Educational Supplement website
Other lesson plans and classroom activities:
- What is anthropology? An Introduction
- Observing and Portraying another culture
- Cross cultural variations in personhood
- Evans-Pritchard, Witchcraft and Coherentism
Resources to help stimulate student interest in anthropology
- Bring students along to the free London Anthropology Day
- Encourage students to find out about anthropological articles, ideas and events by following @DiscoverAnthro
- For news about events by the Royal Anthropological Institute, follow @RoyalAnthro on twitter and and check the RAI events calendar - we often have multiple events each week!
- Encourage students to take a look at our study and experience section
- Use Pictures of Fieldwork as a starting point for discussions about what anthropologists do
Recommended text books:
Textbooks & readers developed by members of the Royal Anthropological Institute's Education Committee.
Introducing Anthropology by Laura Pountney and Tomislav Maric - a new textbook specifically designed for pre-university classroom teaching and based around the Anthropology A Level syllabus
Also, take a look at the resources on the London Anthropology Day website for more introductory texts.
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 and this list of ethnographies.
AIO Anthropological index online
Search the AIO Anthropological index online for anthropology journal articles. The Anthropological Index Online (AIO) is published by the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) in cooperation with Anthropology Library and Research Centre at the British Museum. It is an index to articles in journals taken by the Library and to films held at the Royal Anthropological Institute. The Library, which incorporates the former RAI library, holds some 4,000 periodical titles (1,500 current) covering all branches and areas of anthropology. Nearly 800 journals, published in more than 40 languages, are indexed on a continuing basis. Records cover 1957 to the present. See the "50 years of anthropology" report to learn more about the AIO.
Become a fellow of the RAI to receive printed copies of JRAI and Anthropology Today and online access to many other journals:
If you become a fellow of the RAI, amongst other benefits you will receive the RAI's academic publications JRAI and also Anthropology Today which offer articles on anthropology in the news, anthropological research and current debates in the discipline.
University of Alabama - Anthropological theories (a guide for students)
Alan McFarlane website: an extensive collection of material including video interviews with famous anthropologists, lectures and articles by Alan McFarlane on many different anthropological topics
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.
Social Science for Schools is a website from the Economic and Social Research Council which brings social science research into the classroom
Internet resources for teaching and learning anthropology http://lrs.ed.uiuc.edu/students/xiaoyu/majorweb.html (Anthropology in the USA).
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:
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:
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