ERIC Number: ED343767
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Mathematics and Science Curricula in Elementary and Secondary Education for American Indian and Alaska Native Students.
Issues related to the improvement of mathematics and science education pertain to Native students as well as to the general population. Native students are most successful at tasks that use visual and spatial abilities and that involve simultaneous processing. Instruction should build on Native students' strengths. Experiential learning and cooperative learning are two methods that are particularly effective with Native students in improving student attitudes and problem-solving abilities and reducing mathematics anxiety. Storytelling techniques can be used to develop culturally relevant problems. Career days show students the uses of mathematics in the real world. Curriculum development strategies include establishing the relationships and connections between mathematics and other subjects, and incorporating culturally relevant materials, such as Maya or Inca mathematics and science. Strategies of exemplary programs include summer math camps for Native students, summer institutes to improve teacher instructional skills and methods, after-school and summer enrichment activities in science and engineering, instructional materials developed to accompany a science series on public television, magnet schools, after-school college preparatory courses in mathematics, and parent resource centers. Recommendations are offered related to instructional methods, program development, and federal funding. This paper contains over 130 references. (SV)
Descriptors: American Indian Education, American Indians, Cooperative Learning, Demonstration Programs, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Experiential Learning, Higher Education, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Science Education, Science Instruction, Teacher Education, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Indian Nations At Risk Task Force.
Authoring Institution: N/A