ERIC Number: ED416184
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Exploring Indigenous Pedagogies: Why Is This Knowledge Important to Today's Educators?
Posey, Joanna D.
Recent educational literature reveals a growing interest in understanding the educational needs of learners from other cultures and a growing awareness that instructional methods to help learners from nonwhite cultures should be anchored to indigenous ethnographic research. Western educators must holistically and comparatively understand not only indigenous cultural psychologies, but also how other cultures view the self. Researchers should address three issues. Issue one: How do non-western cultures teach their children, involves understanding non-Western groups' complex world views and teaching and learning systems that are centered around specific cultural values?" Issue two: What academic skills were indigenously taught prior to white intervention, highlights skills incorporated within 15 cultural lifeway patterns? The skills emphasize group management, motivation, social organization, beliefs, values, problem solving approaches, time use, space use, maintaining relationships, sharing knowledge, educational and communication techniques, learning patterns, and instruction techniques. Issue three: Why this knowledge is important to today's educators, emphasizes educators' need to reevaluate the effectiveness of their instructional methods and recognize that many non-western groups have value systems and teaching and learning methods different from their own. This knowledge will allow educators to develop more appropriate educational environments, become more sensitive in designing culturally relevant instruction, identify non- western learners' culturally valued problem solving skills, and create opportunities for learners to use and share those skills. (Contains 3 figures, 3 tables and 61 references.) (Author/SM)
Descriptors: American Indians, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Influences, Culturally Relevant Education, Diversity (Student), Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Minority Group Children, Multicultural Education
J. D. Posey/Legacy of Light, 423 W. 750 North, Orem, UT 84057 ($10; $60 per bundle of 10 copies, postage paid).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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