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ERIC Number: ED353226
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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Teaching Teachers: Scholarly Conferences, Workshops and Fellowships as Tools for Re-Tooling Instructors.
Hoxie, Frederick E.
The paper describes Newberry Library's McNickle Center, with its large collection on American Indians. It examines the relationship between the library and college teachers of Native American history. Part 1 discusses the center's history, noting how it raises public awareness of Native American history and provides resources for teachers and students. Part 2 describes the program and how it teaches and reteaches history educators about Native American history. Long-term fellowships bring people to Newberry for extended periods of research and collaboration. The center brings historians together briefly for conferences and workshops. Teacher training involves publicizing fellows' activities and disseminating information from conferences. Part 3 examines reasons for the center's success. For example, Newberry does not grant degrees, it has no departments, it is very small with little hierarchy, it is not in the East, and participants do not come to be trained or tested. All activities occur in the context of a fellowship program that brings Indian people (without the Ph.D.) to the library briefly if they need the collections, thus providing ongoing contact between scholars and Indian people. Part 4 discusses the center's shortcomings. First, the multiple programs for training and retooling teachers appear to compete with one another. Second, there is still a need to develop Indian people with degrees in the field. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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