ERIC Number: ED231591
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Anthropology and the Training of Alaska-Native Teachers.
Since its beginnings in 1970, a field-based teacher education program aimed at preparing certificated Alaska native teachers has graduated 80 teachers. Until then, the University of Alaska's teacher training program had been a traditional campus-based program aimed primarily at preparing teachers for urban schools, with no course that reflected the unique cross-cultural conditions of Alaska's rural schools. As a result, nearly all teachers for rural schools were recruited from outside Alaska, with an accompanying annual turnover rate of 30-40%. The new program's unusual origins allowed it to be viewed as experimental and permitted the open-endedness of a "field" situation and a process-oriented approach. It seemed best to work closely with students and communities and to gradually develop a model that sought to build upon students' characteristics, rather than to impose an external set of expectations. The program now operates as a branch of the School of Education. Other programs have also been implemented in a diversified approach that assists native communities to put the school system to work in their behalf and makes professional control a reality. The paper is the personal narrative of an anthropologist who reflects upon his work experiences in a culturally complex and diverse setting. (BRR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Alaska; Alaska Rural Teacher Training Corps; Politics of Education; University of Alaska Fairbanks
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (81st, Washington, DC, December 3-7, 1982).