This is the first in the sequence of four courses required of all doctoral students in the Anthropology Programs at Teachers College.

This sequence is conceived as a form of apprenticeship during which students are taken through all the steps that characterize professional work in anthropology: grounding themselves in a theoretical framework, elaborating a research proposal asking a concrete question that theoretical considerations suggest might be answered by anthropological techniques, conducting a eight to ten weeks pilot ethnographic investigation over the summer months, analyzing their data, and writing a research report to be defended in public.

The first semester of this sequence is open to masters students in anthropology as well as masters and doctoral students from other programs, by permission. These students must register through ITSF4011 "Social Contexts of Education." All requirements are the same for both courses.