Running a High School Archaeology Society
An ideal way of introducing High School students to Archaeology is through an Archaeological Club or Society. An Archaeological Society provides the perfect opportunity to extend the learning and critical engagement of interested students in the field of History and Archaeology, whilst expanding their understanding of Archaeological method and technique. To provide students with the opportunity to have hands on experience is a very valuable learning experience and an Archaeological Society enables students to engage with the material record. Programmes can be tailored to relate to content being taught in the classroom or may be assembled around student interests and can operate in a similar vein to Elective History. An Archaeological Society provides students with an opportunity to look beyond the syllabus and to investigate issues that cross over disciplinary boundaries and to ponder how archaeologists develop their interpretations, the debates that arise and the problems associated with the archaeological record. Archaeological Societies are easy to run and the discipline lends itself to the development of engaging yet fun activities which will reward both students and teachers alike.
Trinity Grammar School (NSW)
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James studied Archaeology and History at the University of Sydney and subsequently worked in Cambodia on the Greater Angkor Project for five seasons. He completed his Master of Teaching at the University of Sydney and has been teaching at Trinity Grammar School for nine years. James has taught the International Baccalaureate and HSC Ancient, Modern and Extension History courses at the school and participated in the development of an International Baccalaureate Classical Civilizations course. He has also developed a successful Archaeology program for High School students. Recently, he has been compiling material on Angkor and the Khmer Empire for the National Curriculum and has been involved with the Education faculty of the University of New South Wales. James is passionate about introducing students to Archaeology, enabling them to make sense of the archaeological record and using this appropriately to find information about the past.