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Ch 26: GACE Behavioral Science: History & Theories of Anthropology

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Make sure you're up to speed on the history of anthropology and related theories by looking over the lessons in this chapter. Practice quizzes span the chapter to assess your understanding of potential GACE Behavioral Science test questions.

GACE Behavioral Science: History & Theories of Anthropology - Chapter Summary

This chapter's engaging video lessons highlight various schools of thought pertaining to the history of anthropology along with some major advocates. The lessons will refresh your memory so that you'll be familiar with any GACE Behavioral Science test items about:

  • The growth of the social sciences
  • Cultural ecology
  • Cultural evolution and determination
  • Functionalism and structural functionalism
  • Interpretive anthropology along with symbolic anthropology

The video lessons take only about 5 minutes each from start to finish. You can use the video tags to easily revisit any segments as you see fit.

GACE Behavioral Science: History & Theories of Anthropology Chapter Objectives

The GACE Behavioral Science assessment consists of two 60-question subtests that each have two-hour time limits. It is used to see if you're ready for teaching the subject matter based on your score. When you see an item on your assessment asking about this chapter's content, it'll be from Test I's Anthropology subarea. Equal to 20% of Test I's score, this subarea generates questions that have a selected-response setup.

8 Lessons in Chapter 26: GACE Behavioral Science: History & Theories of Anthropology
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Social Science is Born: History, Anthropology, Sociology and Archaeology

1. Social Science is Born: History, Anthropology, Sociology and Archaeology

In this lesson, we will explore the birth, growth, and early trends of some of the social sciences, including history, archaeology, anthropology, and sociology, during the 19th century.

Structuralism and the Works of Levi Strauss

2. Structuralism and the Works of Levi Strauss

This lesson will give a brief overview of structuralism and the works of Claude Levi-Strauss. In doing this, it will highlight the concept of culture, binary oppositions, and the basic structures of kinship.

Functionalism in Anthropology: The Works of Durkheim and Malinowski

3. Functionalism in Anthropology: The Works of Durkheim and Malinowski

This lesson will be an overview of the theoretical perspective of functionalism. It will highlight the works of Malinowski and Durkheim as well as the theory of structural-functionalism.

Structural Functionalism and the Works of Talcott Parsons

4. Structural Functionalism and the Works of Talcott Parsons

This lesson will seek to explain structural functionalism and the works of Talcott Parsons. In doing so, it will highlight the AGIL system and the functional theory of stratification.

Cultural Ecology in Anthropology: The Works of Julian Steward

5. Cultural Ecology in Anthropology: The Works of Julian Steward

This lesson will explain the field of cultural ecology. In doing so, it will highlight the works of Julian Steward and the theories of unilinear and multilinear evolution.

Cultural Evolution in Anthropology

6. Cultural Evolution in Anthropology

This lesson will seek to explain the history of cultural evolution within anthropology. In doing so, it will highlight the works of Tylor and Morgan as well as the concepts of diffusion and survivals.

Understanding Cultural Determination in Anthropology

7. Understanding Cultural Determination in Anthropology

This lesson will seek to explain the theory of cultural determination. In doing so, it will highlight the concept of culture, as well as the work of Franz Boas, the Father of American Anthropology.

Symbolic & Interpretive Anthropology: Definition & Concepts

8. Symbolic & Interpretive Anthropology: Definition & Concepts

Is culture something that can be measured just like phenomenon in the natural sciences? If not, how should anthropologists conduct their work? This lesson looks at how symbolic anthropologists addressed this question.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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