Ashley K Parker

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  • Graduate Teaching Asst (E), Anthropology Department

Teaching

Current Courses

Fall 2017

Spring 2017

Teaching Philosophy

My pedagogical approach stems from my own experience as a student, and as an educator. My educational background is full of mentors who took an active role in my education through encouragement, being highly accessible, and offering experiential learning opportunities. Building on this, my approach to teaching integrates diverse instructional methods with recent and relevant research findings as a means of bringing undergraduate students into the diverse field of anthropology. My pedagogical goal is to have students leave my courses with more knowledge about the world, and about humanity in particular, having obtained skills that will help them in their future endeavors. And more specifically helping them develop critical thinking skills, the concept of a research question, and confidence in their capabilities as a student.

To achieve these goals, I shape my lectures and active learning exercises to introduce emerging research in the classroom, and create assignments within the broader context of human diversity in varying ecological and temporal settings. Employing a variety of teaching methods creates an environment where students of any background can interact with the material in a meaningful manner. The goal of any class I teach is to help to students learn through a variety of assignments including hands-on exercises, progressive essays, discussion, course-long projects and occasional exams. 

 

Courses I Teach

  • ANTH 1030 - World Prehistory- Hybrid .
    In the Spring semester of 2018, I will be teaching a new section of World Prehistory. This new hybrid section will provide a variety of opportunities for students to learn the major topics of world prehistory through engaging in active learning exercises. The course structure follows a flipped format: course lectures will be available online as homework modules before arriving at class to participate in hands-on activities and engaging discussions.
  • ANTH 1030-090 - World Prehistory.
    From the Anthropology Course Catalog: "Introduction to the 2.5+ million year archaeological record of human prehistory. This course is a broad introduction to the story of humanity prior to the advent of writing. Because we have no written documents to account for many critical moments in our past, understanding human prehistory requires the discipline of archaeology to reconstruct past human behavior from the material remains our ancestors left behind. The course is divided into four parts designed to explain four key- stone moments in human prehistory: how we 1) evolved, 2) colonized the planet, 3) domesticated wild resources, and 4) organized into state-level societies. Emphasis is placed on archaeological method and theory, human-environment interactions, scientific reasoning, and hypothesis testing. Assignments are designed to sharpen student’s academic writing and critical thinking skills."
  • ANTH 2020 - Archaeology.
    From the Anthropology Course Catalog, "Our knowledge of variation in prehistoric human behavior is based virtually exclusively on archaeological analyses of the physical remains left behind by ancient peoples. This course reviews the history, goals, theories, and methods of archaeological research, especially as influenced by the natural sciences. Substantive examples are drawn from a diverse set of time periods and geographical locations."