ERIC Number: ED099151
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Emerging Role of the Teacher Aide in Navajo Education. A Guide Book.
Pratt, Wayne T., Ed.; Ramey, Joseph H., Ed.
Based on the experiences of 52 Navajo teacher aides in a 10 week training course (1974), this teacher aide guide book for all grade levels is primarily descriptive, though "helpful hints" are provided for teacher aides in Bureau of Indian Affairs schools for Navajo children. Emphasizing the importance of the teacher aide's role in the "team teaching process", teacher aides are encouraged to envision their role as a "vital link in the team teaching process" and to seek further professional training so that they ultimately qualify as teachers. Brief sections on the American Indian, in general, and the history of Indian education, in particular, are followed by chapters dealing with: curriculum development (definitions, contributions, and suggestions); language arts (emphasis on the importance of communication skills); the English phonetic system (illustrations, arranged for easy reproduction, include pictures with written and printed alphabets); storytelling (the art of stimulating storytelling is described with examples of stories told by children); creative activities (25 specific activities); counseling (approaches); parent/teacher relationships and parent/teacher aide relationships (emphasis on the importance of communication); role differentiation (examples of practices considered both helpful and detrimental to the teaching-learning process); and illustrated creative projects. (JC)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bureau of Indian Affairs (Dept. of Interior), Window Rock, AZ.