Teaching eHRAF

The HRAF website contains an open access collection of nearly 40 teaching exercises (sample syllabi) for classroom use which include questions and class assignments based on eHRAF World Cultures and/or eHRAF Archaeology.

The Teaching eHRAF section of our homepage contains all of the teaching exercises categorized by field and level of difficulty. A number of the exercises have been prepared in-house by experts at HRAF. Others have been written by educators from our member institutions who use the exercises as part of their curricula.

All of the exercises make effective and thorough use of eHRAF databases and associated resources such as the Outline of Cultural Materials (subject) or Outline of World Cultures (culture) categories used in the databases, and even the HRAF homepage (hraf.yale.edu). Supplementary materials, images or answer keys are provided where relevant.

The best use of the Teaching eHRAF exercises is to supplement classroom assignments and themes that suit your course or curriculum. Topics range from gender, religion or kinship to hunter-gathering or nomadism. Many of the teaching exercises in the series include detailed, step-by-step database search examples, and most also directly address the methodological process behind cross-cultural researching, making them ideal for building critical skills among students.

There are four main categories:

You can browse the entire list of teaching exercises at Teaching eHRAF or refer to the Subject Index to quickly find topics of interest.