ERIC Number: ED329377
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Circles of Women: Professional Skills Training with American Indian Women.
LaFromboise, Teresa D.
This manual is a resource guide for organizing leadership training workshops for American Indian women at various levels of professional training. The resources and ideas for training were supplied by American Indian women who participated in such workshops. Section 1 of the manual presents an overview of critical issues in the professionalization of American Indian women, including: (1) the traditional roles of Indian women and the precedent they set for contemporary professional roles; (2) the primary issues and problems facing Indian women today (acculturation stress, difficulties in maintaining the extended family, and pressures for bicultural competence); and (3) professionalization as an extension of traditional roles and as a means of coping with contemporary problems. This section identifies obstacles faced by Indian women interested in professional careers and clarifies the need for skills training in various areas. Section 2 of the manual is a complete workshop series on enhancing self-esteem, acquiring culturally appropriate assertiveness skills, planning careers (both on and off the reservation), and developing financial management skills. The workshop materials include a brief summary of the issue, options for presentation (1-day and 3-day agendas), specific training instructions, exercises with training worksheets, references, and suggested readings. Activities, modeling, feedback, and homework assignments are included, along with a list of preparatory activities, logistics, and a workshop evaluation form. This manual contains about 140 references. (TES)
Descriptors: Adult Education, American Indian Culture, American Indian Education, American Indians, Business Skills, Career Guidance, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Influences, Instructional Materials, Professional Continuing Education, Training Methods, Womens Education, Workshops
Women's Educational Equity Act Publishing Center, Education Development Center, Inc., 55 Chapel St., Newton, MA 02160.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Guides - Classroom - Learner; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Women's Educational Equity Act Program (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Nebraska Univ., Lincoln.
Note: For an earlier version of the document, see ED 277 510.