ERIC Number: ED205311
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Coyote's Eyes: Native Cognition Styles.
The document compares and contrasts the Standard Average European (SAE) and the Standard Native American (SNA) viewpoints with regard to fostering cognitive development in children. One basic difference is demonstrated by relating a story and noting that, in terms of Native American cognitive development, no further teaching would be done. In contrast, the various meanings of the story are explained as they would be in the SAE world view. The document next compares the structure of child rearing practices common to many tribal groups with practices common to typical Anglo-European extended family systems and describes typical Native American and Anglo-European extended family structures. Next is a discussion of the place of legends and stories in the cognitive development of Native children. The document then discusses the conflict between the SAE and the SNA world view concerning literacy. Case studies illustrate the conflict. The document also describes the Native policy of non-interference with a naturally developing child and the method used by elders to guide Native children in learning lessons and developing individual comprehension. The appendix includes charts delineating typical family structures of Anglo-Europeans and American Indians and a transcription of a Chipewyan girl's oral and written story. (CM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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