21A.150 | Fall 2014 | Undergraduate

Teaching and Learning: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Readings, Films, and Activities

1 Introduction None Watch: Margaret Mead: Coming of Age. 52 min. 1990. [DVD, part 1]
2 Social Learning

Brunner, Jerome. “Culture, Mind, and Education.” In The Culture of Education. Harvard University Press, 1996, pp. 1–43. ISBN: 9780674179523. [Preview with Google Books]

Gee, James Paul. “Game-Like Learning: An Example of Situated Learning and Implications for Opportunities to Learn.” In Assessment, Equity, and Opportunity to Learn. Edited by P. A. Moss, Gee James Paul, Edward H. Haertel, Lauren Jones Young, and D. C. Pullin. Cambridge University Press, 2008, pp. 200–21. [Preview with Google Books]

Vygotsky, L. S. “Internalization of Higher Psychological Functions” and “Interaction between Learning and Development.” In Mind in Society: The Development of Higher Psychological Processes. Harvard University Press, 1978, pp. 52–57 and 79–91. [Preview with Google Books]

Watch: To Be and To Have. Directed by Nicolas Philibert. Color, 104 min. 2002. [DVD—first 35 minutes]
3 Apprenticeship as a Research Topic

DeCoker, Gary. “Seven Characteristics of a Traditional Japanese Approach to Learning.” In Learning in Likely Places: Varieties of Apprenticeship in Japan. Edited by John Singleton. Cambridge University Press, 1998, pp. 68–84. ISBN: 9780521480123. [Preview with Google Books]

Jacoby, Sally, and Patrick Gonzales. “The Constitution of Expert-novice in Scientific Discourse.” Issues in Applied Linguistics 2, no. 2 (1991): 149–81.

Lave, Jean. “Situating Learning in Communities of Practice.” In Perspectives on Socially Shared Cognition. Edited by Lauren B. Resnick, John M. Levine, and Stephanie D. Teasley. American Psychological Association, 1991, pp. 63–82. ISBN: 9781557983763.

Watch: Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Directed by David Gelb. Color, 81 min. 2011. [DVD]
4 Apprenticeship as a Research Method

Marchand, Trevor H. J. “Muscles, Morals, and Mind: Craft Apprenticeship and the Formation of the Person.” British Journal of Educational Studies 56, no. 3 (2008): 245–71.

Nardi, Bonnie A., Stella Ly, et al. “Learning Conversations in World of Warcraft.” (PDF) Proceedings of Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences 40 2007.

O’Connor, Erin. “Embodied Knowledge in Glassblowing: The Experience of Meaning and the Struggle Towards Proficiency.” The Sociological Review 55, no. 1 (2007): 126–41.

Japanese Tea Ceremony lesson with Kyoko Wada
5 Initiation Ritual and Rites of Passage

Gusterson, Hugh. “Secrecy.” In Nuclear Rites: A Weapons Laboratory at the End of the Cold War. University of California Press, 1998, pp. 68–100. ISBN: 9780520213739. [Preview with Google Books]

Haynes, Naomi. “Change and Chisungu in Zambia’s Time of AIDS.” Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology 80, no. 3 (2015): 364–84. [in-press preprint].

Howard, Adam, and Elizabeth England-Kennedy. “Breaking the Silence: Power, Conflict, and Contested Frames within an Affluent High School.” Anthropology and Education Quarterly 37, no. 4 (2006): 347–65.

6 Schooling

Lazar, Sian. “Schooling and Critical Citizenship: Pedagogies of Political Agency in El Alto, Bolivia.” Anthropology & Education Quarterly 41, no. 2 (2010): 181–205.

Naftali, Orna. “Recovering Childhood: Play, Pedagogy, and the Rise of Psychological Knowledge in Contemporary Urban China.” Modern China 36, no. 6 (2010): 589–616.

Philips, Susan U. “Participant Structures and Communicative Competence: Warm Springs Children in Community and Classroom.” In Linguistic Anthropology: A Reader. Edited by A. Duranti. Wiley-Blackwell, 2001, pp. 302–17. ISBN: 9780631221111.

Watch: Please Vote for Me. Directed by Weijun Chen. Color, 58 min. 2007. [DVD]
7 Social Reproduction

Bourdieu, Pierre. Outline of a Theory of Practice. Cambridge University Press, 1995, pp. 78–95. [Preview with Google Books]

Fordham, Signithia. “Racelessness as a Factor in Black Students’ School Success: Pragmatic Strategy or Pyrrhic Victory?Harvard Education Review 58, no. 1 (1988): 54–84.

Willis, Paul. Learning to Labor: How Working Class Kids Get Working Class Jobs. Columbia University Press, 1981, pp. 1–51. ISBN: 9780231053570.

Watch: Brooklyn Castle. Directed by Katie Dellamaggiore. Color, 101 min. 2012. [DVD, 90 minutes—all]
8 Imitation, Improvisation, and Creativity

Downey, Greg. “Scaffolding Imitation in Capoeira: Physical Education and Enculturation in an Afro-brazilian Art.” American Anthropologist 110, no. 2 (2008): 204–13.

Sawyer, R. Keith. “Creative Teaching: Collaborative Discussion as Disciplined Improvisation.” Educational Researcher 33, no. 2 (2004): 12–20.

Wilf, Eitan. “Swinging within the Iron Cage: Modernity, Creativity, and Embodied Practice in American Postsecondary Jazz Education.” American Ethnologist 37, no. 3 ( 2010): 563–82.

Improvisation workshop at ImprovBoston
9 Language Socialization

Kuipers, Joel. “Unmentionable Others: Representing Participation Frameworks in School Science.” Anthropological Quarterly 84, no. 1 (2011): 87–99.

Moore, Leslie C. “Learning by Heart in Qur’anic and Public Schools in Northern Cameroon.” Social Analysis 50, no. 3 (2006): 109–26.

Paugh, Amy L. “Multilingual Play: Children’s Code-Switching, Role Play, and Agency in Dominica, West Indies.” Language in Society 34, no. 1 (2005): 63–86.

10 Acquiring Expert Registers

Buchlotz, Mary, Brendan Barnwell, et al. “Entextualized Humor in the Formation of Scientist Identities among U.S. Undergraduates.” Anthropology & Education Quarterly 42, no. 3 (2011): 177–192.

Jacobs-Huey, Lanita. “Ladies Are Seen, Not Heard: Language Socialization in a Southern, African American Cosmetology School.” Anthropology & Education Quarterly 34, no. 3 (2003): 277–99.

Mertz, Elizabeth. “Making Culture Visible: Comments on Elizabeth Mertz’s Teaching Lawyers the Language of the Law: Legal and Anthropological Translations.John Marshall Law Review 34 (2000): 91–117.

Watch: Silent Children, New Language. 50 min. 1997. [DVD]
11 Personhood and Identity

Bryant, Rebecca. “The Soul Danced into the Body: Nation and Improvisation in Istanbul.” American Ethnologist 32, no. 2 (2005): 222–38.

Bucholtz, Mary. "‘Why Be Normal?’: Language and Identity Practices in a Community of Nerd Girls." (PDF) Language in Society 28 (1999): 203–23.

Wortham, Stanton. “From Good Student to Outcast: The Emergence of a Classroom Identity.” Ethos 32, no. 2 (2004): 164–87.

Watch: Guardians of the Flutes. Directed by Gilbert Herdt. Color, 70 min. 1994. [VHS, 74 min—selections]
12 Cognition and Perception

Becker, Howard. “Becoming a Marihuana User.” (PDF) The American Journal of Sociology 59, no. 3 (1953): 235–42.

Hutchins, Edwin. “Learning to Navigate.” In Understanding Practice: Perspectives on Activity and Context. Edited by Seth Chaiklin, and Jean Lave. Cambridge University Press, 1993, pp. 35–63. ISBN: 9780521392631.

Terrio, Susan. “Crafting Grand Cru Chocolates in Contemporary France.” American Anthropologist 98, no. 1 (1996): 67–79.

Chocolate tasting and factory tour at Taza Chocolate
13 Techniques of the Body

Buy at MIT Press Myers, Natasha. “Performing the Protein Fold.” In Simulations and Its Discontents. Edited by Sherry Turkle. MIT Press, 2009, pp. 171–201. ISBN: 9780262012706.

Rose, Mike. “‘Our Hands Will Know’: The Development of Tactile Diagnostic Skill—Teaching, Learning, and Situated Cognition in a Physical Therapy Program.” Anthropology & Education Quarterly 30, no. 2 (1999): 133–60.