ERIC Number: ED427906
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Culturally Appropriate Curriculum: A Research-Based Rationale.
Educational researchers and practitioners have long advocated adopting a culturally appropriate curriculum to strengthen the education of Native youth. Such an approach uses materials that link traditional or cultural knowledge originating in Native home life and community to the curriculum of the school. Deeply imbedded cultural values drive curriculum development and implementation and help determine which subject matter and skills will receive the most classroom attention. This chapter examines theoretical and practical research studies that support and inform the development of culturally appropriate curriculum for American Indian children in K-12 classrooms. These studies fall into the following areas: (1) historical roots, including the Meriam Report of 1928; (2) theoretical frameworks (modes of linguistic interaction, supportive learning environments, communication and interaction styles of students and teachers); (3) curriculum development (approaches to overcome culture conflict, parent and community involvement, inquiry-based curriculum, role of Native language in concept development, local community issues, appropriate communication with elders); (4) curriculum practice and implementation (characteristics and behaviors of effective teachers, teacher role); and (5) implications for educational research and practice. Contains 64 references. (SV)
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indian Education, Culturally Relevant Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Environment, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Research Needs, School Community Relationship, Theory Practice Relationship
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Chapter 4 in: "Next Steps: Research and Practice To Advance Indian Education"; see RC 021 798.