ERIC Number: ED336249
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jun
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University Reaches Out--Programs Bring Education to Communities.
Brandon University's teacher education programs address the need to train Native people to teach in Indian schools. A mature entry policy allows students to enter the university without a high school diploma, provided they are at least 21 years old. Several programs lead to four-year Bachelor of Education degrees. Through the Program for Educating Native Teachers (PENT) students work as teacher assistance for 8 months of the year and spend two 6-week periods a year on campus doing course work. Throughout the year, two PENT staff members travel into the communities to supervise student teaching. Through the Brandon University Northern Teacher Education Program (BUNTEP), centers have been developed and located in isolated communities. Every center has a coordinator who is responsible for local administration, student teaching, and community liaison work. Travelling professors deliver courses in a block of time and move on to the next center. Communities can apply for BUNTEP centers if they have the facilities for 20 to 30 applicants. Disadvantages and criticisms of the program are: (1) the programs are diluted; (2) some students lack English skills; (3) students lack opportunities outside their communities; and (4) course choices are limited. Advantages include the success rates of students, an emphasis on respect for Native cultures, adequate counselling for students, and the high rate of employment of graduates. (KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: Brandon University MB; Canada; Manitoba
Note: Transcript of article appearing in "The Manitoba Teacher," Vol. 68, No. 4, June 1990.