ERIC Number: ED103169
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Whale Hunting is Different There -- A Report on the Alaska Rural Teacher Training Corps (ARTTC). COP [Career Opportunities Program] Bulletin 8.
The result of a week long visit to the ARTTC program, this report identifies program strengths and weaknesses. The basic premise behind this 4 year college program is identified as "belief that persons native to a community and trained in that community are best prepared to teach in it", since these students learn while they teach in 10 rural Native villages, though their course work is derived from Anchorage (University of Alaska and Alaska Methodist University). Evidence of the need for ARTTC is attributed to increasing demand for localization of Alaska's 4 entity educational system (the Alaska State Operated School System; the Bureau of Indian Affairs Schools; city schools; and borough schools) and demand for Native rather than white teachers, since traditionally there have been few trained Native teachers, the ARTTC program having only recently (1972) graduated 23 of its 54 participants. Weak and sometimes unrelated education courses, the distant professor (Anchorage), and communication and cost problems are cited as program weaknesses. Program strengths are identified as use of: a cross-cultural curriculum, a community based program, an external degree design built around a learning team, and a combination of Native and non-Native peoples working together in small learning groups based on the team leader role. (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Occupational and Adult Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Alaska Rural Teacher Training Corps, Anchorage.; City Univ. of New York, NY. Queens Coll. New Careers Training Lab.