ERIC Number: ED121491
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Nov
Bilingual/Bicultural Law-Related Curriculum at Pine Hill High School, November 1975.
For 5 years, Ramah Navajo High School (New Mexico) has researched, produced, and taught a bilingual bicultural law-related-curriculum that emphasizes the pluralistic legal environment in which Navajo students exist. The resulting 4-unit law-related curriculum is compiled from anthropological field data gathered by local legal specialists working with a consulting attorney and is an introduction to law ways, customary as well as formal, that are important as Navajo people meet the problems of contemporary everyday life. The case method is utilized, setting forth disputes, and illustrating how parties to disputes define problems and resolve them. Students participate in bilingual "moot courts" representing both cultures; utilize a bilingual dictionary compiled by the local legal and language specialists; view video tapes of tribal judges, prosecutors, and other legal officers familiar with local disputes; and students then evaluate the program through their comprehension of Anglo American legal concepts expressed in local language (Navaho and English), which is then reviewed by local advocates. Staff development involves training of: legal specialists in field study techniques to develop materials for the classroom; local advocates to give appropriate presentations in the classroom; and parent teachers to assist in classroom preparation, presentation, and evaluation. (AH)
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, Biculturalism, Bilingual Education, Case Studies, Cross Cultural Training, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Guides, Definitions, Evaluation Criteria, Legal Education, Navajo, Paraprofessional Personnel, Postsecondary Education, Resource Staff, Role Playing, Secondary Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Div. of Bilingual Education.
Authoring Institution: Ramah Navajo School Board, NM.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Bilingual Education Act 1968; Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title VII