eHRAF: Student Exercises, Individual Papers, Classroom Assignments, and Group
Teaching eHRAF is an innovative,
interdisciplinary teaching resource for universities, colleges and high schools aimed at
providing faculty with ideas on how to use the eHRAF World Cultures & Archaeology* databases in their curricula.
Please read the Introduction
for a better understanding of the nature of Teaching eHRAF.
HRAF offers user guides and webinars to students (and faculty) to familiarize themselves with eHRAF World Cultures & Archaeology. For classroom teaching webinars can be customized to match particular course topics (e.g., medical anthropology, ethnobotany, etc.). Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Student Paper Guidelines for Using eHRAF: One Professor's Experience, Level I—Useful tips for faculty using eHRAF World Cultures for student assignments, by Douglas A. Feldman.
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology: A Syllabus, Level I—Guidelines for writing a student paper using eHRAF World Cultures, by Douglas A. Feldman.
An eHRAF Workbook for Introductory Anthropology Courses, Level
I—Diverse topics in anthropology such as kinship, cosmology,
witchcraft, storytelling, feuding, etc., by Ian Skoggard.
Ethnology and Ethnography in Anthropology, Level III—eHRAF
assignment: group presentation/individual paper, by Dianna Shandy.
Overview of Cultures and Ethnic Groups, Level I—General
topics regarding cultures, by Christiane Cunnar.
Soc. Anthro: Short Paper on Basis of Marriage and Arranging a Marriage,
Level II, by Brad R. Huber
Anthropology of Religion: Short Paper on Sacred Objects and Places and
on Animism, Level II, by Brad R. Huber
Native Peoples in South America: A Comparative Ethnography,
Level III, by Howard Kress
A Cross-Cultural Study of Violence, Level III, by Nicola
Explorations in Cross Cultural Anthropology, Level III, by Nicola
Basic Cross-Cultural Research Assignment, Level II, by Brian
Ecological Function of a Behavioral Institution in a Nomadic Society,
A Short Paper, Level II, by Dan Strouthes
Ecological Function of a Behavioral Insitution in a Pastoral or
Horticultural Society, A Short Paper, Level II, by Dan Strouthes
Political Function of a Religious Institution, A Short Paper, Level II, by
Ritual Kinship, A Short Paper, Level II, by Dan Strouthes
Cross-Cultural Correlation Study (5-7 Page Paper), Level III,
by Vicki Bentley-Condit
Library Assignment: Finding Anthropological Resources (5-7 Page
Paper and Bibliography), Level III,
by Jerome M. Levi
Culture and Aging (A Research Project in Completed
Fertility & Subsistence Practices, Productivity & Aging, and
Social Networks & Aging), Level III,
by Sara E. Johnson
Eating Salt and Symbols: Exploring the Relationship of Biology and Culture with eHRAF
Level III, by Susan Parman
Bizarre Foods: A Syllabus, Level I, by Sonya Atalay.
Exercises using eHRAF , Level I, by Carol R. Ember.
Topics in Medical Anthropology, Level II—Topics on illness
causation, medical systems, ethnobotany, and ethnozoology, by
Causes of Disease, Level I, by Christiane Cunnar.
Reproductive Health, Level II—Topics on menstruation,
conception, pregnancy, and childbirth, by Christiane Cunnar.
Medical Anthropology: Short Paper on Nutrition (OCM 146),
Level II, by Brad R. Huber
Anthropological Research Methods--Project #1: Research Questions and
Hypotheses, Level IV, by Brad R. Huber
Anthropological Research Methods--Project #2: HRAF Data Recovery,
Level IV, requires the use of the statistical software
program SPSS, by Brad Huber.
Anthropological Research Methods--Project #3: Group Poster
Presentation, Level IV, by Brad R. Huber
Cross-Cultural Comparison with the eHRAF World Cultures
Database, Level III—A 50-Minute Computer Lab Group
Assignment; links to the class syllabus for Methods and Analysis for
Anthropology and to other assignments such as pollster statistics,
unobstrusive observations,etc., by Bruce Freeman
Tattooing and Techniques of Cross-Cultural Research, Level
IV—Includes a syllabus, basic steps of a cross-cultural study,
outline of a study paper, outline of a conference paper, hypotheses,
*Using the exercises requires access to the online eHRAF World Cultures/Archaeology databases. If prompted for a password, contact HRAF (email@example.com, 1-203-764-9401) for a password or free semester-long trial. To familiarize yourself with the eHRAF World Cultures/Archaeology databases and their unique indexing and search systems, we recommend that users view the eHRAF User Guides.
Each chapter is assigned a level of
Level I —student reads passage of
text in eHRAF and answers fixed questions (answer provided to
instructors), may involve some directed searches in eHRAF.
Level II—strategic searching in eHRAF with some direction.
Level III—research oriented exercises involving eHRAF and other
research materials; moderately structured with some direction.
Level IV—more independent development of research and search
If you have questions, suggestions, and/or would like to contribute
assignments or exercises for Teaching eHRAF, please contact HRAF at
1-800-520 (or 203-764-9401) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Resources for Teaching:
Rice, Patricia C. and David
W. McCurdy, eds. Strategies in Teaching Anthropology, 2nd ed. Upper
Saddle River, NJ:Prentice Hall. 2002. See http://vig.prenhall.com/catalog/academic/product/1,4096,0130340707,00.html
for more information.
Experience Rich Anthropology - Several different
component projects and readings at http://era.anthropology.ac.uk.
Centre for Social Anthropology and Computing -
Ethnography Atlas: http://lucy.ukc.ac.uk/cgi-bin/uncgi/Ethnoatlas/atlas.vopts.
Anthropological Index Online - published by the Royal
Anthropological Institute - for online bibliographical searching at http://lucy.ukc.ac.uk/AIO.html