ERIC Number: ED418851
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr-19
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Not in Our State: Authentic Assessment for Native American Students Using Digital Photography.
Allen, Nancy J.
Cultural inclusion is more than equal access to learning. It also involves recognizing and valuing the unique cultural capital that students of diverse ethnicity bring to the learning environment. Native American students in reservation schools have experiences that differ from the mainstream, experiences that are rarely reflected in text material or on standardized tests. This study was an effort to allow these students to demonstrate learning in ways that value and build upon their real-life experiences. Students in eight classes, pre-kindergarten through sixth grade, were challenged to demonstrate through the use of student-created computer presentations their knowledge of science topics. Students worked in small groups to plan, complete, and share Hyperstudio (TM) stacks composed of digital photographs, scanned images, and computer-generated graphics enhanced with text and audio explanations. All teachers in the study identified areas in which their previous assessment of student knowledge had been either incomplete or erroneous. Findings suggest that use of such alternative methods of assessment may be a valuable strategy for the culturally different student of science. (Author/PVD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, American Indians, Computer Assisted Instruction, Cultural Influences, Cultural Maintenance, Cultural Pluralism, Elementary Education, Evaluation Problems, Nongraded Student Evaluation, Performance Based Assessment, Relevance (Education), Science Education, Test Bias
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Native Americans; Social Constructivism
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (71st, San Diego, CA, April 19-22, 1998).