ERIC Number: ED415068
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
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Language Preservation and Human Resources Development.
Silverthorne, Joyce A.
Those who work in the field of preserving Native American languages are an assortment of individuals who come to the work as a central career (linguists), through family heritage (fluent speakers), or through a developed passion (language learners). This paper examines the field from the perspective of R. Wayne Pace, Phillip C. Smith, and Gordon E. Mills (1991). They define a profession as having a defined area of competence, an organized and important body of knowledge, identification as a career field, controlled access for competent individuals, principles and practices supported by research, professionals involved in academic programs, a program of continuing education, and graduates who exercise independent judgment. This paper looks at each of these areas in turn as they relate to teachers of indigenous languages and other community human resources, with the view of documenting that the profession is worthy of recognition and certification by states and tribes. Within the extensive body of knowledge related to language preservation, 11 roles are defined: program or tribal administrator, evaluator of language preservation, human resource development manager, individual career development advisor, instructor or facilitator, marketer, materials developer, needs analyst, organizational change agent, program designer, and researcher. Associations interested in Native language issues and available college programs are discussed. Contains 10 references. (Author/SV)
Descriptors: American Indian Languages, College Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Human Resources, Labor Force Development, Language Maintenance, Language Teachers, Native Language Instruction, Organizations (Groups), Professional Recognition, Teacher Certification, Teacher Education, Tribally Controlled Education
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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