ERIC Number: ED075116
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Individualization of Instruction: The American Indian Student. Education Monograph No. 7.
Hielmseth, Don E.; Berg, Lyle L.
The monograph provides a brief framework for exploring individual differences of the American Indian student. The individualized program of teaching and learning is designed to account for individual differences in the broadest terms. Emphasis is placed on the idea that educators must address themselves to the knotty problem of changing the educational sequence for children into one of constant challenge with each day a successful day and without a daily frustration level which tends to destroy initiative and the desire to achieve. The authors believe a successful individualized program can be developed through the cooperative effort of all those who desire to improve Indian education. The individual child must be given the opportunity to develop the skills and concepts necessary to live in a bicultural society. Teachers must be sensitive to and cognizant of ways to provide opportunities for the Indian child to identify with and feel a pride in his heritage. Four areas of consideration in designing an individualized instructional program are discussed: (1) the situation--education for the Indian child has failed because his cultural identity has been ignored; (2) the individual--the teacher must understand the setting out of which the child appears each day; (3) the involvement in curriculum development by parents, tribal leaders, educators, and curriculum designers; and (4) the program--techniques for teaching. (FF)
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Authoring Institution: Montana Univ., Missoula. Div. of Educational Research and Services.