Linguistic Anthropology

The study of language has been part of anthropology since the discipline started in the 1ate 1870s. This site is a place for linguistic anthropologists to post their work and discuss important events and trends in the field.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Interesting teaching method: How to get students to find and read 94 articles

Michael Wesch from Digital Ethnography used a very interesting class assignment. "How to get students to find and read 94 articles before the next class" describes the project in which students found, and summarized for one another, articles to discuss in class.
Each student was required to find 5 articles, read them, and summarize them; uploading their summaries (or the author’s own abstract) into a ZohoCreator form. [...] By the time of our next class, all 16 students had read 5 articles and been exposed to the main ideas of 94 articles. This created an amazing foundation for deep conversation.

Commenters point out some possible problems, but overall it sounds to me like a useful way to overcome some of the resistance I see in A Vision of Students Today.