ERIC Number: ED339561
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
International Initiatives and Education of Indigenous Peoples: Teaching and Learning to "Dance in Two Worlds."
This paper discusses international initiatives concerning the rights of indigenous people, particularly the education of American Indians. Select United Nations and other international organizations continue to demonstrate genuine concern for the survival, growth and development of indigenous peoples. Many international efforts are in preparation for the United Nations designated "Year of Indigenous Peoples" in 1993. Education is high on the list of challenges faced by indigenous peoples. Education extends awareness and appreciation of the culture among its members and prepares indigenous peoples for productive and effective roles in the dominant economy. Recent studies of American Indian education contend that the integration of American Indian language and culture into the regular school curriculum is critical to improving student achievement. College faculty members can play a crucial role in the cultural awareness and retention of Indian college students. Helpful guidelines for interacting with Indian students include: (1) understanding and dealing with racism; (2) recognizing non-traditional leadership skills; (3) recognizing the need for a strong support person; (4) recognizing the need for long-range and short-term goals and objectives; (5) recognizing the need for understanding self; and (6) recognizing the need for a positive self-image. Faculty should also consider aspects of Indian culture which are relevant to learning such as a strong oral tradition and a preference for synthesis of information rather than rote learning. (KS)
Descriptors: American Indian Education, Biculturalism, Civil Liberties, Cognitive Style, College Faculty, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Indigenous Populations, International Organizations, International Programs, Multicultural Education, Role of Education, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Styles
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Sovereignty Symposium IV (Oklahoma City, OK, June 10-12, 1991).