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ERIC Number: ED409151
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
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Alaska Native Education: Some Recommendations from This Corner.
Bates, Clif
Based on a literature review and the 20 years experience of an Alaskan teacher and administrator, some recommendations are proposed to improve education in rural Alaska school districts with Alaska Native students, particularly Yup'ik Eskimos. Currently such school districts have an education system similar to that found throughout the United States and do not take into account the Native culture and heritage. Social and educational indicators show that rural Alaska schools are often not graduating individuals with adequate skills and attitudes. While there is no single definition of what constitutes success, a goal is suggested for rural schools: to graduate students who are confident and capable individuals, whether living in the traditional culture or the global society. To work toward this goal, recommendations are offered in the areas of oral language, intellectual strengths, instruction, and educator training. Eskimo children live in a world without print where the culture emphasizes learning through observation rather than verbal explanations. To provide a foundation for reading and writing, schools must emphasize oral language development for Native students in the early grades. Schools should build on the strengths that Eskimo children consistently demonstrate: superior perceptual skills and spatial ability. Instruction could be improved by matching student learning styles and by moving to an ungraded elementary program. Finally, teachers must receive special training to understand the situation and meet student needs in rural Alaska schools. Contains 24 references. (SV)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alaska