• Temple in the mountains, Japan / Luke Zeme / CC BY-NC-SA; https://flic.kr/p/dy7snP


Theme 07: Education: Learning and Unlearning

Claire Smith (Flinders University) and Neel Kamal Chapagain (Ahmedabad University)

We all engage with ‘archaeology’ and ‘heritage’ from the perspectives in which we are educated. This ‘educated’ engagement with archaeology ultimately seeks to ‘educate’ others too, both archaeologists and non-archaeologists. However, these perspectives vary across the world, according to the culture in which we are embedded. Moreover, our ideas about education in archaeology evolve with practice and with age. Hence, education is not static resource pool, but a continuous process that involves the production, consumption, appropriation and reappropriation of knowledge. As new ideas are encountered old ideas have to be revisited, revised or rejected. New technology feeds into this.

The Education theme at WAC-8 will take global approach to explore the different ways in which people share their evolving knowledge and wisdom, eventually contributing to the original source of their knowledge: their disciplinary field, understandings of archaeological sites and relationships with communities. The scope of investigation will span from the education of professionals to the education of the public. This theme will reflect upon various traits of education including:

  • formal or degree granting education;
  • professional/continuing education;
  • short term education/training programs;
  • informal education;
  • the use of modern media in education;
  • learning by doing, and
  • the education and uneducation of archaeologists (how people learn and unlearn things along the way).

Sessions should be organized in one or more of the above or similar themes, and individual papers may be framed within the scope of each session. Some sessions may feature comparative discussions of different models of courses or course syllabi, or consideration of educational experiences within various schools of thought. Our final aim is to identify different perspectives and approaches to the central issue of education in archaeology.

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