Archaeology in primary/secondary level Education?

Orlene Mcilfatrick
29/04/10 07:38:04AM
Do children get taught enough about prehistory in school? How is the information presented? Is it tailored to grab their attention and get them excited about archaeology?
Primary school children are catered for reasonably well in the UK, with Egyptians,Romans, cavemen and Greeks being favourite class projects.
After primary school, it stops.
So, recently I've been thinking about secondary schools. Archaeology or prehistory in general are not topics being taught in the curriculum it seems. History is limited to 1066AD onwards. The typical structure is as follows: the Norman conquest and the foundations of England, followed the next year by some regional specific history, followed by something about the 2 world wars. Nowhere any room for prehistory. In theory GCSE and A level archaeology exist as qualifications for 16 and 18 years olds respectively however I have never met anyone who was offered them.

Anyone else noticed a similar pattern in their country's education system?
Do you think 11 - 18 year olds should have more prehistory and archaeology in their curriculum or do you think it's something best left to undergraduate level?
Orlene Mcilfatrick
13/05/10 02:06:39AM @orlene-mcilfatrick:
This is amazing! I had no idea that e-books had become so popular in Japan, they've been slow to take off here in the UK.Certainly it also means that there's scope for such e-books to add multi-media components like 3-d graphics and more complex cross sectional site plans.
Research Cooperative
12/05/10 10:58:23PM @chief-admin:
N. Kubo and R. Murai (International Herald Tribune, 10th May 2010, "Japan seems ripe for invasion of e-books") note that nearly all the current market for e-books is..."...accounted for by comic books, which are easy to read on cellphones' small displays," and "In Japan, comics are ubiquitous, read by young and old alike, with genres across a spectrum that takes in the likes of fantasy, pornography, archaeology, cooking, preschool and business." (Italics mine).So you there you have it - archaeology rubbing shoulders with, um... all sorts of things, in the crowded life of the Japanese commuter (reading phones on trains and train platforms is a national pastime).
Research Cooperative
29/04/10 11:46:19AM @chief-admin:
Archaeology and other approaches to prehistory could be taught not just as a part of history classes in schools, but also in various areas of social science and natural science (language classes, biology, geography, physics, mathematics and so on).It would be good for children to see how their own learning process relates to the much longer learning process of humanity as a whole.My son's junior high-school history textbook (in Japan) has just a couple of pages on Jomon and Yayoi period archaeology (i.e. late Holocene to early historical eras). His art text book has a some pictures of ancient Egyptian art (wall paintings), and his art teacher made a handout with a photocopy of handprints made on caves.