ERIC Number: ED094925
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-May
Reference Count: N/A
Learning in the Northwest Territories.
Carnew, Frederick I.
The paper describes various methods that are being tried to provide learning experiences for northern Canadian children. Although there is no blueprint for northern education, there are some basic guidelines. Since the Northwest Territories (NWT) is a multilingual, multicultural society, relevant curricula have to be written in such a way as to relate the culture and language of the child to every aspect of the learning situation. A second basic guideline is that programs must prepare young people for the future. Learning opportunities must include the chance for the individual to gain insights into the entire realm of how the system can be made to work in the interests of people. Basic to all of this is communication, especially non-verbal communication, particularly in the northern situation where young people may not be able to adequately express themselves in a second language situation. A third basic consideration when developing learning experiences is the question of changing attitudes and values. Some examples of these are searching for alternatives to a mass production society and an increased interest in "old ways", with emphasis on religion. A fourth guideline by which programs should be developed must take into account the involvement of people. The curriculum for any school must be developed locally by the teachers, parents, and young learners working together. (KM)
Descriptors: American Indians, Attitude Change, Bilingualism, Communication (Thought Transfer), Community Involvement, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Traits, Curriculum Guides, Eskimos, Methods, Relevance (Education), Research, Speeches
Not available separately, see RC008075
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada