ERIC Number: ED370845
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
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Using the Freirian Model To Develop an Ethnically Sensitive Sexuality Education Curriculum for an American Indian Group.
Goodman, Deborah Downing
A case study of the Eagle Creek community in the Cherokee Nation explored the development of a sexuality education curriculum using Paulo Freire's model. Data indicated that the curriculum empowered people, helped to uncover socio-political and cultural issues that affect behavior, and emphasized the collective knowledge that emerges when a group shares experiences. The curriculum was more culturally sensitive than others because it allowed participants to pose problems to be discussed, and the social action component made the curriculum different from other reviewed curricula. Suggestions proposed that authentic dialogue using Freire's model can occur but will occur unevenly based on race, class, religion, and gender as well as trust, experience, and benefit/risk variables. Historical considerations found Freire's model congruent with Cherokee traditions: (1) more attention was paid to the process than the end product; (2) dialogue was congruent with traditional storytelling; and (3) participatory democracy was similar to early Cherokee government. Specific recommendations suggested the use of the Freirian model in curriculum development, American Indian education, family planning, and sexuality/health education. The data implicated a need for further research into Native American sexuality, the relationship of language to sexuality, and Cherokee gender roles. (CK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Cherokee Nation; Eagle Creek Community; Freire (Paulo)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Atlanta, GA, April 12-16, 1993).