ERIC Number: ED385404
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Educating American Indian/Alaska Native Elementary and Secondary Students: Guidelines for Mathematics, Science and Technology Programs. Proceedings of a Conference on the Educational Needs of American Indian/Alaska Native Students in Science, Mathematics and Technology (Boulder, Colorado, May 19-22, 1994).
American Indian Science and Engineering Society, Boulder, CO.
A 3-day conference developed guidelines ensuring that cultural needs and issues are addressed in mathematics, science, and technology educational programs for American Indian and Alaska Native precollege students. Major barriers affecting these students in mathematics, science, and technology were summarized for three areas (student programs, curriculum development, and teacher programs), and guidelines were developed to address them. Guidelines for student programs include recognizing students for their participation, providing the opportunity to develop as whole persons, establishing mentoring within local communities, and facilitating parental involvement. For curriculum development, guidelines include aligning curricula with the community's needs and goals, including: cultural needs, holistic and spiritual approaches, local knowledge, language, elders, and mentors; using hands-on, cooperative group activities; and ongoing evaluation. Teacher program guidelines include understanding the students' culture; integrating traditional American Indian science, mathematics, and technological knowledge in classroom teaching; employing hands-on, inquiry-based learning, cooperative learning, and problem-solving activities; and making science, mathematics, and technology relevant by including community members and resources in teaching and learning. Three appendices describe the conference; review the literature on barriers to mathematics, science, and technology education for American Indian and Alaska Native students; and list additional resources. (Contains 20 references.) (TD)
Descriptors: Alaska Natives, American Indian Education, American Indians, Culturally Relevant Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Education, School Community Relationship, Science Education, Teacher Education, Technology Education
American Indian Science and Engineering Society, 1630 30th Street, Suite 301, Boulder, CO 80301-1014.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Indian Science and Engineering Society, Boulder, CO.