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Anthropological Research in Education

Course GEDU 715 | Every fall semester.

Course GEDU 708 | Research Methods in Education

Catalog Description:

General Education course descriptions in the USF General Catalog online.

Objectives or Outcomes:

  1. Identify various schools of thought in social anthropology
  2. Know research sites and research issues of two selected major anthropologists
  3. Understand the difference between the various approaches to the study of anthropology
  4. Describe theoretically and use a critical hermeneutic anthropological research approach in a field project

Course Topics:

  1. Nature of text and its relevance for critical hermeneutic research
  2. Overview of functionalist, structuralist and interpretive research traditions
  3. What is culture?
  4. Ruth Benedict's philosophy and research
  5. How does ethnography work?
  6. Hermeneutic inquiry, the idea of a text in research and moral imperatives
  7. How to collect and analyze data

Criteria for Evaluation:

Each student is evaluated on class presentations, the intellectual depth of the journal articles abstracts, final field project, written and oral presentation, and a final written research paper.

Possible Course Textbooks:

Geertz, C. (1973). Interpretation of cultures. New York: Basic Books.

Hahn, L. (1995). The philosophy of Paul Ricoeur. Section D. From Text to Action. Chicago: Open Court Press.

Ricoeur, P. (1991). What is text? Explanation and understanding. In Mario J. Valdes (Ed.), A Ricoeur reader/reflections and imagination. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.