The Homeschool Project Podcast

E76: The Anthropology of Childhood Learning with Dr. David Lancy

May 23, 2021 Nathan and Anita Season 2 Episode 76
The Homeschool Project Podcast
E76: The Anthropology of Childhood Learning with Dr. David Lancy
Show Notes

Hello and welcome back to the campfire! Today we have the honor of having Dr. David Lancy join us for a conversation, and it is one filled with many 'golden nuggets'. David is an Emeritus Professor of Anthropology.  He began college teaching at Cuttington College in the interior of Liberia in 1968 and subsequently taught at a Community College and at three universities. 

 Dr. Lancy has authored 5 books and his current research interests center on the anthropology of childhood. He has done fieldwork with children as the focus for extended periods in Liberia, Papua New Guinea and Mormon Utah; for shorter periods in Trinidad (Fullbright Fellow), Sweden (Fullbright Fellow), Uganda, Madagascar, and in urban schools in the U.S. 

We discuss childhood in the indigenous cultures  versus the WEIRD (Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, Democratic) society. David points out that in the village, youth have great autonomy and learning bouts are self-initiated rather than teacher or caretaker initiated. Learning is woven into the flow of daily life versus being encapsulated in formal lessons.

So grab a seat by the fire  as we travel to Utah to speak to him about the lost art of self education and the anthropology of childhood learning!

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You can find all of David's work at his website: David F. Lancy, Ph.D. (

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