ERIC Number: ED113072
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
A New Curriculum Design for Native American Schools.
The goals of planning for innovation and reform of American Indian schools should include a culturally based and child oriented curriculum. The curriculum design should be based on the assumptions that it will provide: (1) motivation and interest for the youth it serves; (2) children with the capacity to learn how to learn; (3) an individually based grading and evaluation system; (4) an environmental orientation; and (5) total integration wherein teachers participate in the planning function. Utilizing input from the total Indian community, a first priority should be development of culturally based materials which emphasize learning by doing, psychomotor association, symbolic association, dramatization, trials, and art. In keeping with an environmental orientation, curriculum design should stress: (1) the protection of life, health, and living; (2) the securing of a living; (3) the expression of emotions and beliefs; and (4) the ability to work in groups and the development of social responsibility. Utilizing teachers, parents, youth, tribal and community officials, and others as representatives, a curriculum committee should be established to: (1) oversee all curriculum projects; (2) set goals and priorities; (3) review and approve curriculum plans; (4) advise the school board of community participation; and (5) evaluate the curriculum. (JC)
Descriptors: American Indians, Child Development, Committees, Community Involvement, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Background, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education, Evaluation, Integrated Curriculum, Objectives, Planning
Not available separately, see RC 008 772. ERIC/CRESS, Box 3AP, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003 (on loan)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Office of Indian Education.
Authoring Institution: Navajo Community Coll., Tsaile, AZ.; American Indian Resource Associates, Oglala, SD.