The sixth annual Teaching and Learning in Archaeology

Birkbeck College, London, Marsia Bealby
2009 unpublished
Bealby, M. S. 2009 'Report: The sixth annual Teaching and Learning in Archaeology. Birkbeck College, London, 1 st and 2 nd July 2009' Rosetta 7: 102-106. Introduction The sixth annual conference on Teaching and Learning in Archaeology was held in the Clore Management Centre, Birkbeck College London, on the 1 st and 2 nd July 2009. The event was organised by the Subject Centre for History, Classics and Archaeology. * The colloquium
more » ... ted nearly eighty delegates from across the UK and abroad. Papers were presented on a wide range of topics such as teaching theory in archaeology, e-learning in archaeology, the current state of continuing education in Britain, working with employers, and more. The summit was arranged around six sessions scheduled over the two days. Each paper and session was followed by a vigorous discussion and debate. Wednesday 1 st July After a warm welcome by Anthony Sinclair [Director of HCA Subject Centre] we proceeded to the first speaker of the day, Nick Brodie [University of Tasmania], who discussed tertiary archaeology in Tasmania. It was indeed challenging to see the 'View From Down Under' from the Australian perspective. The next session covered 'Teaching Theory in Archaeology' and was 103 presented by three speakers: First, Matthew Johnson [University of Southampton] examined 'The Last Ten Years in Archaeological Theory' emphasising how important the empiricist appeal is in the teaching of archaeological theory. Anthony Sinclair [University of Liverpool], in his paper titled ' Dissolving Theory into Concepts', raised a list of questions such as: are we clear about what students need to know? Do we need to think of a curriculum of archaeological theory, and if yes, what would this curriculum look like? Last, Imogen Wood [University of Exeter] deliberated upon 'A Phenomenological Approach to Learning Archaeological Theory'. The third session of the day focused on e-learning in archaeology (part one-note that part two followed on the second day of the conference). First, Sian Jones and Kostas Arvanitis [University of Manchester] examined 'Mash-up Archaeology: Ideas and Issues in Aggregating Online Archaeological Heritage Content for Teaching and Learning' discussing how the developmental of