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ERIC Number: ED400154
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 13
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Successfully Implementing a Native Teacher Education Program through Distance Education in Labrador.
Sharpe, Dennis B.
Since 1978, Memorial University of Newfoundland (Canada) has offered preservice and inservice teacher education courses to seven isolated Native communities in Labrador. The courses may lead to a 2-year degree with teacher certification or to a 5-year baccalaureate degree. Students are usually Native teachers and teacher aides in community all-grade schools; female, 25-35 years of age, and married with children; and of two distinct cultural groups, Inuit and Innu. Over the years, many approaches to course delivery have been tried. Instructors have flown to a host community for a 6-week or two 3-week sessions. This method allowed direct student-teacher interaction, but required accommodation in the community for the instructor and students from other communities. Correspondence study was tried unsuccessfully. Teleconferencing has been used successfully, particularly with students with more experience of university course work. Combinations of delivery methods can be the best approach. Difficulties include lack of basic texts, supplies, and reference materials in communities; scarcity of good instructors who can relate to Native people and are familiar with distance education methods; scheduling that accommodates schools, communities, and families; harsh winter weather; and language differences. Teleconferencing success has been enhanced by increased teleconferencing time, prior contact between instructor and students, community contacts and support persons, use of facsimile machines and collect telephone calls to increase student contact, prudent hiring of on-site tutors, use of Native people as resources, and hiring substitutes to cover students' duties in community schools. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada