Summer Institute for Teachers
Ethnography: New Approaches to the American High School
Schools are complex social and cultural institutions. Ethnography can help us turn some of the confusion and chaos of high school into a rich resource for innovative pedagogy. How, for example, can students, teachers, and administrators better understand jock culture or the impact of the Internet on school social life?
Join us at the Chicago Humanities Festival’s 17th annual Summer Institute for Teachers (SIT). SIT participants will work in small groups to develop their own research questions and will leave with an ethnographic toolkit of research methods that can be easily applied to school settings and implemented with both students and colleagues alike. The target audience is high school social science, science, and language arts teachers as well as counselors, but all certified teachers are welcome to attend. The program will reference Common Core standards and CPDUs are available.
Teachers love SIT because it gives them an opportunity to be students themselves and to learn from leaders in their field in an intimate, intensive environment. SIT aims to nourish teachers' love of learning, as well as introduce them to current research and give them new tools for their classroom.
Registration for SIT opens on Tuesday, May 21, and teachers may register online or by phone at 312-494-9509. Registration closes Monday, July 1. There is a $6 non-refundable registration fee.
- Work with Nancy Abelmann and Gina Hunter, co-directors of the University of Illinois's Ethnography of the University Initiative. Abelmann and Hunter have pioneered the interdisciplinary application of ethnographic methods to institutions of learning.
- Learn about ethnography within the context of the field of anthropology from which it originated.
- Deepen your understanding of the structures, schedules, and hierarchies of the American high school by applying ethnographic research methods to the school setting.
- Develop fluency in concrete ideas and processes for guiding students' participation in school ethnography.
- Take home a working bibliography of school ethnography.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 9am–3pm
Thursday, July 11, 2013 9am–3pm
Lunch is provided both days.
The Gratz Center at Fourth Presbyterian Church
126 East Chestnut Street, Chicago
(West of Michicagan Ave, across from the Hancock Center.)
A $6 registration fee is required to reserve a spot in the workshop.
CHF education programs are generously sponsored by the First Time for a Lifetime contributors and Lorraine and Jay Jaffe.
Artwork by Liz Schulze
Nancy Abelmann is associate vice chancellor for research and professor of anthropology at the University of Illinois, and co-director of the Ethnography of the University Initiative. Her books examine South Korean social movements; women and social mobility; film; and education; as well as Korean America. Her most recent work is The Intimate University: Korean American Students and the Problems of Segregation. She is co-author of Making Family Work: How Korean American Teens and Parents Navigate Immigrant America.
Gina Hunter is associate professor of anthropology at Illinois State University. She is a cultural anthropologist with scholarly interests in reproductive health and ethno-physiology; gender relations; local/global food systems; and international higher education. She has written on pedagogy, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and ethnographic methods. In addition to her work with the Ethnography of the University Initiative, she is co-director of the Old Main Project at Illinois State University.