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ERIC Number: ED071829
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Dec-1
Pages: 17
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Towards Devolution in the Control of Education on a Native Reserve in Alberta: The Hobbema Curriculum Story.
Aoki, Tetsuo
The paper describes a curriculum development project at the Hobbema Reserves, Alberta, Canada, whose locus is conceived as situated at the interface of the dominant society and the minority, native Indian society. The project's 2 objectives are (1) to produce and develop instructional materials and plans for the local Reserves school and (2) to engage the total community in involved activity in the project work. The project looks to "devolution," defined as a process of power reallocation in such a way that the identifiable group situated outside the headquarters feels free to act without the constraints of some hierarchy, rather than "deconcentration," defined as a process of allocating authority for specific functions within an hierarchical structure to an identifiable group situated outside headquarters, as a viable operative value in bringing about "decentralized" control over curricular content. At issue is the character of the relationship between the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (Canada) and the Reserves people. The paper highlights operational principles adopted, some of the concrete activities undertaken, and American Indian perceptions of project activities as they moved through the several phases of developmental work over the initial 10 months. It concludes with the note that the curriculum development work is viewed as a significant step towards the larger issue of local autonomy over educational matters. (Author/FF)
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Identifiers - Location: Canada