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ERIC Number: ED419810
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr-17
Pages: 39
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Classroom Relationships: The Narratives of a Lakota High School Teacher.
Martin, Kathleen Jeanette
This paper describes the teaching practices of one Lakota teacher in a South Dakota reservation high school. The research was part of a larger study that compared and contrasted the classroom style of Indian and non-Indian teachers. This study examined the teacher's use of narrative as an instructional strategy and her efforts at encouraging students to think critically and reflect on personal beliefs and perspectives. The teacher worked to establish relationships with her students and enable them to identify personal beliefs, perspectives, and values. The learning community she created provided students with the necessary preparation for college and the ability to think critically. Data collection involved participant observation and teacher interviews over 3-weeks within the teacher's junior and senior level literature classes. Results indicated that the teacher routinely used narratives and stories to create a context for discussion, share personal feelings, clarify class material, and communicate her expectations of the students. She encouraged discussion of abstract concepts by engaging her students in critical thinking and personal reflection. Her lessons reflected strategies used by other effective teachers. (Contains 58 references.) (Author/SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Dakota