MENTORSHIP AND THE FIELD SCHOOL EXPERIENCE

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This chapter discusses the benefits to both students and faculty program directors who participate in ethnographic field schools. Mentoring is a productive way to teach students that enables them to learn by doing. Although there are many stresses and strains in conducting mentor-structured programs, the payoffs are great as the directors gently lead their students into developing deeper understanding of anthropology and ethnography. This approach often provides the best way for students to decide if they have the “right stuff” to be anthropologists, and their mentors provide them with the encouragement and support necessary to find out for themselves.

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