ERIC Number: ED343765
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Strategic Plans for Use of Modern Technology in the Education of American Indian and Alaska Native Students.
Berg, Paul K.; Ohler, Jason
The American school system is an invention of the Industrial Revolution. Schools were organized like industries to train workers for an industrial society. The resulting large, low-context, industrial schools institutionally discriminate against Native students. Also antagonistic to Native students is the dogma of Western science, a reductionist model that accepts only observable, quantifiable, replicable information as valid. However, the technology of industrial education has reached its upper limit of performance and is proving inadequate to meet the expectations of society. On the horizon is a new educational paradigm, a new way of viewing reality, supported by new technological tools. These tools include local area computer networks, integrated learning systems, CD-ROM technology, computer managed instruction, computer assisted instruction, multimedia systems, statewide and other large scale computer information systems and databases, and distance education technologies. Ten distance education delivery systems are outlined, and 11 Native American distance education programs or networks are described. Teacher and administrator training in technology techniques are discussed. Reasons for which Native groups are turning to technology-assisted solutions to educational problems include: gaining skills to compete in mainstream culture; maintaining traditional knowledge or blending it with contemporary understanding of the world; strengthening Native cultural identity; organizing as a Native community across tribal lines and geographic distance; sharing Native culture as an educational or artistic product; and teaching non-Natives about Native culture. This paper contains over 150 references. (SV)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Indian Nations At Risk Task Force.
Authoring Institution: N/A