ERIC Number: ED197886
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The American Indian: A Teaching-Learning Unit. Studies in Curriculum Development No. 4, 1980.
Baker, Catherine A.; Hamm, Russell L.
One in a series of studies of selected aspects of curriculum development, this monograph utilizes an historical approach in a guide for teaching a unit on American Indian background and presents suggestions to use as follow-up measures after the study. Six specific objectives focus on the purposes of the course: (1) to point out the misleading stereotyped white concept of "Indian"; (2) to survey various Indian nations and chart their U.S. geographical distribution; (3) to describe major cultural differences between whites and Native Americans; (4) to outline problems unique to Native Americans and some approaches for their solutions; (5) to trace major historical events in Native American struggles for survival, identity, and freedom; and (6) to take a look at the history and cultural legacy of Native Americans in Indiana. Contents include discussions on the following: eight separate language families (Algonkin, Iroquois, Caddo, Muskhogean, Sioux, Penutian, Dene, Uto-Aztecan); the gulf in world view between white Americans and Native Americans; the Native American struggle for civil rights; and a focus on the history of Indians in Indiana. Questions for research and discussion and a list of activities for classroom use provide suggestions for further study, and a selected reading list includes books about Native Americans in categories of education, the past, and the present. (JD)
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indian Languages, American Indian Studies, American Indians, Biculturalism, Civil Rights, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Background, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Stereotypes, Federal Indian Relationship, Instructional Materials, Local History, North American History, Social Discrimination, Tribal Sovereignty, Tribes
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana State Univ., Terre Haute. School of Education.
Identifiers: Indiana; Native Americans