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Suzanne E. D’ Amato

In: 21st Century Anthropology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 88: Education and Anthropology

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Education and Anthropology
Education and anthropology

In the 1970s, education became an academic subfield of applied anthropology as it applies to different communities and cultures existing within education systems. From that perspective, students, parents, faculties, and school administrators represent different communities, and, by using anthropological theories, these groups can understand current conditions of education and conceive applications for the future. The importance of applied anthropology to education is spotlighted as we gain understanding of classroom dynamics with respect to increases in student diversity, in numbers of special needs students, and in the use of technology in the classroom. Concepts of race, gender, ethnicity, and nationality are especially relevant as students develop their sense of identity as members of groups. More than ever, these concepts are critical, ...

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