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ERIC Number: ED377003
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Sep-7
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
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A Matter of Respect: An Interview with Pam Martell, Coordinator of Indian Education, Michigan Department of Education.
Heckard, Melissa
This document presents an interview with Pam Martell, who coordinates educational services to Michigan's approximately 60,000 Native Americans. Since over 98 percent of Michigan's American Indian children attend public schools, Martell places a high priority on the quality of public education. Equally important is working on issues concerning student retention, policy development, negotiating pro-Indian legislation, community networking, implementing teacher inservices, attending Indian events, and organizing a summer youth camp. Martell, who is also Native American, believes that in order to improve education for American Indians, teachers must implement practices that consider children's differing cultural and learning backgrounds. Teachers must also become aware of their own biases and stereotypes regarding Native Americans. To avoid stereotyping, Martell recommends teaching children about Native Americans in a developmentally appropriate sequence by exposing young students to Native Americans and their culture in a contemporary context. In later years, as students develop an understanding of the ideas associated with time, they may be taught history and experiences of Native American people and their culture. Martell provides information on several resources available to help educators select authentic and accurate materials portraying Native Americans. Martell believes that educators need to include Native American materials, resources, and information in many areas of the curriculum, rather than isolating the study of Native Americans to a seasonal unit. Contains seven references. (Author/LP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Michigan; Native Americans