ERIC Number: ED429958
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Identifying and Addressing Challenges Encountered by Educators of Aboriginal Children in an Urban Setting.
Danyluk, Ross C.; da Costa, Jose L.
This study examined challenges that Canadian educators faced when teaching aboriginal students in a large urban school. The study involved the school's principal, teachers, counselors, and coordinators of Aboriginal student programming. Participants, who were Aboriginal and Caucasian, completed semistructured interviews that examined personal information, challenges to teaching Aboriginal students, and suggestions for improvement. Data analysis indicated that challenges were directly influenced by students, parents, educators, and administrators. Most of the challenges were task-related rather than personal. Aboriginal and Caucasian respondents agreed on most of the challenges. Students' preparedness for school and inability to adapt to the school structure were challenges that were especially relevant. Participants agreed that Aboriginal students learned in unique ways which educators needed to understand and work with. Parental distrust of mainstream education was a significant challenge. Challenges related to educators and administrators were associated with lack of preparedness for diverse students, cultural conflict, and district disrespect for the school. Most of the strategies suggested by respondents treated symptoms of the challenges rather than the causes. Aboriginal and Caucasian educators developed their strategies differently. The paper makes recommendations for practice and for further research. An appendix provides the interview schedule. (Contains 33 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Canada Natives, Change Strategies, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Diversity (Student), Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Indigenous Populations, Minority Group Children, Parent School Relationship, Parents, Students, Teacher Attitudes, Teachers, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada