Volume 2 (2015)

Past Issue Vol 2

Youth in Community

(download full pdf of 2015 issue here)

Table of Contents

Introduction by Paddy Bowman and Lisa Rathje

Uses of Hopscotch in Multicultural, Intergenerational Co-existence Education Children learn the benefit of being open to their own cultural group’s or family’s traditions and how difference is to be expected and respected rather than shunned, ridiculed, or feared.
by Simon Lichman
Classroom Application: Student Games and Play Worksheet
Classroom Application: Adult Games and Play Worksheet

Kickflip: Expanding Digital Learning Opportunities for Skateboarders and Other Teen Subcultures  Interest-driven, connected learning programs can benefit teen skateboarders for whom school is often not a safe or constructive learning environment.
by Tal Bar-Zemer and Jessica Forsyth

Pen Tapping: Forbidden Folklore  Serendipity introduces university students to young students’ folklore that reveals deep connections to generations of African American music and movement genres.
by Anna Beresin

Building Community as a Cool Commodity: Empowering Teens as Local Changemakers  Teens explore what shapes community, celebrate its subcultures, and discover they have a role to play in fostering community and documenting and participating in its rich expressions of culture.
by Emily Hope Dobkin

Discovering Community, Transforming Education  Ethnography sets metes and bounds and establishes the lenses through which people can understand themselves and others. Everyone is the expert of their own lives.
A Conversation with Gregory Sharrow
Classroom Application: Putney Central School Case Study (A Discovering Community Project)
Classroom Application: Discovering Community Showcase Video        

What Clicks and Sticks:  A Career of Community and Media Arts Programs  Knowing what to ask about a cultural tradition or group represents why the tools and approaches of folklore, anthropology, and oral history teach vital life lessons as well as important skills.
by Judy Goldberg
Classroom Application: Four Tips for Youth and Community Programming

Bridging Collaborative Ethnography and Democratic Education  Inviting students to treat their bicultural, bilingual experience as an asset in their learning brings their culture to the center of the learning process.
by Alison Kinney

Questing with Alan Lomax: Michigan’s Historic Field Recordings Inspire a New Generation  An historic folksong collection with local relevance to students gives them creative voice and connects them to place through an immersive, cooperative project.
by Laurie Kay Sommers and Samuel Seth Bernard
Classroom Application: Questing Design Template

Community Building from Below-the-Ground-Up: The Co-Op Youth Council in One Tiny Ozark Town  “Success” in rural communities does not mean that young people grow up hearing that it is impossible to make a way “here.”
by Rachel Reynolds Luster

The Art of Seeing: Visual Anthropology as a Road into Experience  Images evoke deep elements of human consciousness, so photo-elicitation interviews can draw out more compelling information than ordinary interviews.
by Luci Fernandes
Classroom Application: Visual Anthropology Strategies for Students

Stories from Deep in the Heart  Students learn the importance of teamwork and to appreciate unique traditions found in their families and community by producing audio documentaries.
by Charles Lockwood

Developing Relationships with New American Communities  Passing on African dance traditions provides refugee youth in New Hampshire with a cultural lens through which to understand their personal identities more fully.
by Julianne Morse

Folklife Education: A Warm Welcome Schools Extend to Communities  Increasing student participation in school by tapping into their community knowledge supports students’ cultural competency and can positively affect academic achievement.
by Linda Deafenbaugh