ERIC Number: ED303288
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Culturally Relevant Early Education Programs. Hearing on Oversight Hearing on Culturally Relevant Early Education Programs before the Select Committee on Indian Affairs. United States Senate, One Hundredth Congress, Second Session (November 24, 1987).
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs.
This hearing produced testimony on the efforts of Hawaiian and American Indian educators to provide effective, culturally relevant education at preschool and elementary levels. Witnesses described (1) Kamehameha Elementary Education Program (KEEP) which developed elementary school reading and language arts curricula and teaching methods compatible with the learning styles of native Hawaiian children; (2) Rough Rock Demonstration School, a Navajo school developed with assistance from KEEP and providing bilingual and bicultural education, K-6; (3) Indian teacher education at the University of New Mexico; (4) a proposed Zuni school to be developed with assistance from KEEP and Rough Rock; (5) a Hawaiian language immersion program for preschool children aged 2-6; (6) six Choctaw elementary schools which incorporate tribal cultural precepts and language across the curriculum; (7) a Navajo boarding school, K-9, which considers culturally appropriate learning styles in a variety of programs; and (8) Santa Fe (Pueblo) Indian School, an effective high school which drastically cut its dropout rate. Speaking for several Native educators, Professor Roland Tharp of the University of Hawaii asked for congressional support and federal funding for a plan whereby six schools of six different Native American cultures would participate in a circle of assistance and teacher training. The Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory submitted an 88-page report on the applicability of effective school practices for the native American learner. (SV)
Descriptors: American Indian Education, American Indians, Bilingual Education, Cognitive Style, Cultural Education, Early Experience, Elementary Education, Hawaiians, Hearings, Institutional Cooperation, Multicultural Education, Preschool Education, Primary Sources, School Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
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Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs.