Document Type

Presentation

Publication Date

4-5-2018

Abstract

Participant observation is a foundational method in anthropology, and observational assignments appear frequently on syllabi. This presentation explores observation assignments as approaches that concurrently develop understandings of course content and ethnographic skills. This paper surveys strategies for incorporating observation assignments into the classroom, interrogating the ways in which these assignments are made most relevant to student learning. Additionally, students reflect upon their experiences, offering their thoughts on the durability of learning outcomes. This presentation reflects on diverse variations of observation-based assignments and offers suggestions for faculty seeking to adjust the ways in which they incorporate observation into the classroom.

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Presented at the Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting 2018, https://www.sfaa.net/annual-meeting/.

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