ERIC Number: ED366486
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Precollege Program for Native American Students in Environmental Studies, June 13, 1993 - July 1, 1993. Final Report.
Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Inst. for Environmental Studies.
Staff and graduate students from the University of Wisconsin conducted a 3-week workshop in environmental studies at Lac Courte Oreilles Community College for adolescent Native American students. Eleven girls and nine boys, aged 12-17, from six tribes enrolled in the program. Nineteen completed all 3 weeks. The curriculum covered such topics as bog ecology, ecosystems, rainforests, traditional plant uses, taxonomy, aquatic biology, dams and human values, land use policy (including tribal government decision-making simulation), lake sampling, Native American sacred sites, endangered species, and restoration ecology. Community college personnel and tribal members gave talks on Ojibwe traditions and stories, the ethical and spiritual dimensions of experimenting on the natural world, the history and cultural importance of a sacred place, wild foods, and tribal government. Student evaluations of the workshop and parent comments were very positive. Students gave the highest ratings to activities involving Native American culture or people. Staff noted some discipline problems. Recommendations for repeating the workshop include establishing an advisory council, increasing housing accommodations, and changing the application process so as to screen for maturity and academic interest. Appendices contain the curriculum calendar and student evaluation form. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Inst. for Environmental Studies.