Teaching Materials / Undergraduate Ethnography

Tips for TAs on Teaching Ethnography

This post is part of a series on ethnographic teaching materials for undergraduate students both within and beyond anthropology. In this series, we offer various resources on introducing ethnographic methods to your students, supporting your TAs, suggesting further readings on ethnography, and providing guidance on ethics approval when needed.

Teaching ethnography can be a challenging task, especially if you have never conducted ethnographic research yourself. As TAs, you have a major role in supporting students every step along their ethnographic journey. While many of these tips might apply equally to teaching other non-ethnographic courses, we advise you to be extra friendly, present, patient, and supportive in teaching ethnographic courses. Ethnography can be overwhelming, confusing, and lonely at first, and your inviting as TAs will make a huge difference with students. Suiting the exciting nature of ethnography, we have curated our tips in the form of a lively infographic that we hope will be helpful in your teaching experiences.

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