ERIC Number: ED416546
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
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Community Health Resource Training for Native Americans.
Schrader, Elizabeth L.; Schrader, David C.
This paper applies concepts from intercultural communication theory, adult learning theory, and traditional Native American medicine to a specific learning experience for Native Americans. The background is an educational opportunity offered by the Indian Health Services Bureau to tribe members to become employed on their reservations as Health Resource Persons (HRP), with attendance at an annual conference for training and development on a variety of health issues. Noting the lack of information available related specifically to the interpretation of health conditions in a cultural context, a conference presenter focused on an understanding of the culture's attitudes and beliefs toward health issues and an explication of adult learning principles relevant to these issues in her presentation. A literature review focused on the following objectives: developing an understanding of uncertainty reduction theory as it pertains to the intercultural experience; developing an understanding of traditional Native American medicinal practices; and selecting the most appropriate adult education theory to integrate these issues. After the conference experience, the presenter examined her performance and noted that a facilitator with more modest and humble manner would probably have developed audience rapport more quickly and the progressive education theory is more consistent with the philosophies of the culture. The Native American culture has a noncompetitive attitude, and the audience responded to group activities much better than to individual activities. Also noted was that the conference organizer needed more expertise in adult education. (Contains 10 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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