ERIC Number: ED188831
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Understanding Native Americans: Their Heritage, Skills, Contributions and Future. Final Narrative Report, Ethnic Heritage Program.
The objectives of a successful 1975-76 $38,000 HEW grant to the University of Utah were to: begin to deal with educational problems of Native Americans; correct cultural stereotypes; form a model for the inclusion of American Indian heritage content in educational institutions; and provide inservice training for elementary teachers on or near reservations or in urban areas with high Indian populations. Emphasizing the role and influence of the teacher on Native American students, the grant staff conducted an inservice program regarding the background, contributions, lifestyle, skills, and future of the American Indian. A total of 61 elementary staff and faculty in 3 locations participated. Participants wrote Native American teaching units of varying quality. While noting the inability of many teachers to prepare adequate units, independent evaluators generally rated the program as successful and its materials as good. They called for more such programs. Participants also enjoyed the course and wanted more information regarding communication with Native American students. Appendices include samples of the teaching units and class outlines on Native American background and culture, noting implications for social work practice and teacher-student communication. (SB)
Descriptors: American Indian Education, American Indians, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Background, Curriculum Development, Elementary School Teachers, Ethnic Stereotypes, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Materials, Material Development, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Role, Tribes
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Utah Univ., Salt Lake City.
Identifiers: Ethnic Heritage Studies Program