From bones to understanding: the importance of teaching biological anthropology to children

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Nicol Rossetti


primary education, biological anthropology, human osteology, teaching, pedagogy


Biological anthropology, though predominantly confined to university settings, holds immense potential to enrich pre-university education. Despite its limited presence in primary and secondary school curricula, early exposure to anthropological concepts, can significantly broaden students' knowledge base and stimulate curiosity. Addressing this gap requires training primary school teachers and designing age-appropriate pedagogical strategies but also understanding children's perspectives is crucial for effective curriculum development. Integrating digital tools alongside hands-on experiences in teaching bioarchaeology further enhances learning outcomes. Ultimately, incorporating biological anthropology into pre-university education fosters a deeper understanding of human nature and evolution, preparing students for future academic and societal challenges.
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