Teaching Ethnographic Reading Strategies

January 25, 2018 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm America/Toronto Timezone
Victor Phillip Dahdaleh (formerly TEL) Building, 1014
Teaching Commons

This session aims to help TAs in the Social Sciences, particularly Anthropology, hone their ethnographic teaching skills.

As a qualitative research methodology, as theory, and as a literary genre, ethnography is a powerful medium for cross-cultural comparative study. However, due to its deceptively straightforward presentation, undergraduate students often have difficulty reading ethnographies, especially when asked to identify and distinguish its key elements. This session will provide TAs with a hands-on approach for understanding: i. ethnographic foundations (e.g., what ethnography is, how it is constructed), and ii. applied strategies for teaching and reading ethnography (e.g., learning how to read and identify key components of an ethnographic text).

Laptops or tablets are recommended for this session, as TAs will learn to construct personalized reading guides as well as engage with collaborative annotation software.

This workshop will count towards the Teaching Commons ‘Record of Completion’ certificate

Facilitated by Jessica Caporusso, Senior Teaching Assistant in the Department of Anthropology

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