ERIC Number: ED426824
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Native Pathways to Education: Alaska Rural Systemic Initiative.
Alaska Univ., Fairbanks.; Alaska Federation of Natives, Anchorage.
The Alaska Federation of Natives, in cooperation with the University of Alaska, received funding to implement the Alaska Rural Systemic Initiative (AKRSI). Over a 5-year period (1995-2000), AKRSI initiatives are systematically documenting the indigenous knowledge systems of Alaska Native people and developing educational policies and practices that effectively integrate indigenous and Western knowledge. Program emphasis is on renewing Native pathways to education so that traditional knowledge systems, ways of knowing, and world views may be used as a foundation for learning all subject matter. Elders' councils and the Alaska Native/Rural Education Consortium provide overall guidance for AKRSI. Resources are being assembled in each of Alaska's five cultural regions (Yup'ik, Inupiaq, Athabascan, Aleut/Alutiiq, and Southeast regions) and entered into a curriculum resource collection maintained through the Alaska Native Knowledge Network and listed on the World Wide Web. AKRSI initiatives include this curriculum clearinghouse, cultural documentation by students in rural schools, development of Alaska standards for culturally responsive schools, development of village-oriented science resources, formation of Native educator associations in each cultural region, development of pedagogical processes based on Native ways of knowing, elders' academies, Native science fairs, math/science unit-building workshops, performance standards for math and science, and the Alaska Native Science Education Coalition. Charts outline the sequence of initiatives in each region. Includes contact information for program directors and regional coordinators. (SV)
Descriptors: Alaska Natives, American Indian Education, Culturally Relevant Education, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Indigenous Knowledge, Rural Education, Science Education
Web site: http://www.ankn.uaf.edu
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.; Annenberg Rural Challenge, Granby, CO.
Authoring Institution: Alaska Univ., Fairbanks.; Alaska Federation of Natives, Anchorage.
Identifiers - Location: Alaska