Lessons for the profession: Teaching archaeological practical work skills to university students

19th November 2013

Student responses to course registration questionnaire (published in Australian Archaeology 57:91).

Student responses to course registration questionnaire (published in Australian Archaeology 57:91).

Sarah Colley

This paper reports research into teaching and learning of archaeological practical work and professional practice skills through an undergraduate work placements course offered by the University of Sydney. One aim of the research was to improve course assessment through the development of criteria to measure competency and learning outcomes, based on ideas of educational theorists such as Biggs, Collis and Ramsden. Data from markers’ comments on student notebooks and supervisors’ comments on student performance were analysed in terms of scales of learning and competency. The results are discussed in the wider context of professional archaeological practice in Australia, to address the questions: What is good archaeological practice and how can archaeologists measure and promote it? Given the current and likely future state of the Australian university system, how can universities and professionals best cooperate to improve student learning?

Colley, S.M.
Lessons for the profession: Teaching archaeological practical work skills to university students
2003
57
90–97
Article
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