ERIC Number: ED367513
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Educating Teachers for Family Involvement with Young Native Americans.
Sears, Nedra C.; Medearis, Linda Lee Chapman
An Oklahoma program trained preschool teachers to interact with families of Seminole and Chickasaw children enrolled in Head Start. The program focused on integrating American Indian culture and mathematics. Head Start staff were trained in developmentally appropriate mathematics instruction, with an emphasis on employing culturally relevant materials and activities. Research for materials development was conducted at museums, with tribal members, and through examination of tribal documents and exhibits. Families were encouraged to interpret the meanings and traditions of the cultural elements of the program to their children. To facilitate family involvement, training sessions were conducted at Head Start monthly meetings to familiarize parents with learning packets and curriculum. Screening tests of children entering kindergarten revealed a significant increase in program participant scores when compared to students who had not participated in the program. Families responded well to the program, especially materials dealing with traditional stories, fingerplays, games, music, dance, jewelry, and Native language. Teachers can promote family involvement and strengthen the bond between school and home by providing structured materials and activities that are easy for families to understand and do. Contains 37 references. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Eisenhower Program for Mathematics and Science Education (ED), Washington, DC.; Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Oklahoma City.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Chickasaw (Tribe); Culturally Relevant Curriculum; Mathematics Readiness; Native Americans; Oklahoma; Project Head Start; Seminole (Tribe)