Term of Award

Spring 1999

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Curriculum Studies (Ed.D.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (restricted to Georgia Southern)


Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading

Committee Chair

Bryan Deever

Committee Member 1

Edmund C. Short

Committee Member 2

William Reynolds

Committee Member 3

Sue M. Moore


This work is a participant observation research study detailing the use of archaeology implemented into an existing grade school curriculum. The focus of this study is the Fort Frederica Archeology Program, a program that allows fourth grade students in the Glynn County School System the opportunity to experience archaeology first hand by excavating on the grounds of Fort Frederica National Monument, on Saint Simons Island, Georgia. This rare program has given over 2,000 students in its five year history the chance to experience the hands-on learning opportunities of archaeology. Teachers who had been with the program for more than one year were interviewed and exerts of these interviews are included in the text. The author lists materials for implementing a similar program in an existing curriculum and gives suggestions for keeping costs down without limiting the experience or learning opportunities for the students involved. A list of relevant and helpful books for teachers and students is also included.

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