The 84th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (2015)


Session 51. Broader Impacts: Effective Education and Public Outreach in Physical Anthropology. Invited Poster Symposium. Chair: Caitlin M. Schrein

March 28, 2015 , Archview Ballroom Add to calendar

Two initiatives stand out as motivating factors for effective education and public outreach in physical anthropology: the first is a global STEM education reform movement which seeks to populate the STEM workforce with highly trained, skilled workers, increase the number of qualified STEM educators at the K-12 level, and contribute to a science literate society; the second is an effort by granting agencies to expand the impacts of funded research projects to classrooms and the public by requiring researchers to include an education or outreach component in grant proposals. This symposium will address these initiatives by demonstrating (1) effective methods for and positive outcomes of teaching and learning about physical anthropology at the K-20 level, (2) the impact of public outreach via informal science programming, web-based resources and social media and (3) models of successful engagement programs for field researchers interested in working with local communities.

Discussion: Holly Dunsworth and Caitlin Schrein
1 Add to calendar Physical anthropology education and undergraduate students’ socioscientific decision-making and interest in science. Caitlin M. Schrein.
2 Add to calendar Physical anthropology and evolution education research: Exploring physical anthropology students' evolutionary reasoning. Elizabeth P. Beggrow.
3 Add to calendar Enhancing physical anthropology graduate education with public outreach in the K-12 classroom. Collin M. McCabe, Eric R. Castillo, Erik Otárola-Castillo.
4 Add to calendar Education and outreach components of the Rising Star Expedition and Rising Star Workshop. John Hawks.
5 Add to calendar eAnthro: Community engagement in developing online learning resources. John Kappelman, Adrienne P. Witzel, Ruben Garza, Francis McGrath, Ryan Miller, Chris Pittman, Denne Reed, Suloni Robertson, Tuan Tang, Joseph TenBarge.
6 Add to calendar The Smithsonian's Human Origins Program: Broadening and deepening public engagement with human evolution through social media. Briana Pobiner.
7 Add to calendar 6 Million Years in 6 Minutes: Teaching Human Evolution in an Informal Museum Learning Environment. Julia M. Zichello.
8 Add to calendar The Wenner-Gren Foundation and engaged anthropology. Leslie C. Aiello.
9 Add to calendar Engaged Anthropology: Engaging Local Stakeholders and Decision Makers in Science and Conservation. Jill D. Pruetz.
10 Add to calendar The role of human evolution in science education: Impacts on students and the public. Eric Meikle.
11 Add to calendar The educational importance of comedy in biological anthropology, one humerus pun at a time. Natalia A. Reagan.