ERIC Number: ED165923
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
A Multiethnic/Multicultural Curriculum for Young Children Designed for Yakima Indian Nation Early Childhood Programs.
Yakima Indian Nation Education Div., Toppenish, WA.; Fort Wright Coll., Spokane, WA.
When Kamiakin, a famous chief of the Yakimas, was asked at the treaty council of 1855 what he thought of the proposals Governor Issac Stevens had just put forth, he replied: "I do not speak of. . .myself, it is my people's wish". In that great tradition of respect for the individual's unique contribution to the decision of the whole group, this curriculum for the Yakima Indian Nation preschoolers is born. The guide consists of four major areas: the Curriculum Development Process; Framework for the Curriculum; Criteria for Evaluating Curriculum; and the Curriculum. Cognitive style, general goals, objectives/learning experiences, and multicultural learning experiences are included in the unit. The main portion of the document consists of learning objectives and corresponding activities with a multicultural focus. Divided into six competency area levels, the guide strives to help Yakima Nation children acquire the skills of the dominant culture and the value system of the Indian culture, thereby lessening the negative effects of culture conflict. Understanding of the Yakima unique cultural heritage and identifying with it through parents and teachers develop the child's healthy, positive self-image. A resource bibliography, resource listing, and appendix conclude the document. (Author/RTS)
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indian Literature, American Indians, Bibliographies, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Curriculum Guides, Early Childhood Education, Environment, Formative Evaluation, Group Dynamics, Health, Learning Modules, Safety, Self Concept, Student Characteristics, Values
Kamiakin Research Institute, P.O. Box 509, Toppenish, Washington 98948 ($4.00 plus $0.50 for package and mailing)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Yakima Indian Nation Education Div., Toppenish, WA.; Fort Wright Coll., Spokane, WA.