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ERIC Number: ED195379
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
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Cultural Conflict: The Indian Child in the Non-Indian Classroom.
Lockart, Barbetta L.
American Indian children come from a cultural background and tradition that is quite different from that of the dominant society in America. These differences can cause varying degrees of confusion and conflict for Indian people, and these problems surface as soon as an Indian child begins his formal education, especially if the school is staffed predominantly by non-Indians, and the educational philosophy follows dominant society guidelines. Increased cultural sensitivity and awareness on the part of educators is necessary if the cultural conflict felt by Indian children is to be lessened, and their educational experiences become meaningful and positive. Administrators, teachers, and support personnel can help the Indian child understand and cope with cultural conflicts experienced in school. In order to do this, all school personnel must be sensitized and attuned to the child's culture and to their own through inservices and workshops. More culturally sensitive school systems can help in the minimization of culturally based problems and the school personnel will gain in personal understanding and growth. (Author/AN)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A