ERIC Number: ED434890
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Aboriginal Cultures and Perspectives: Making a Difference in the Classroom. Diversity in the Classroom Series, Number Five.
Farrell-Racette, Sherry; Goulet, Linda; Pelletier, Joanne; Shmon, Karon
This document, the fifth in a series on diversity in the classroom, supports Canadian teachers of First Nations and Metis students. Section 1, "Introduction," provides a history of First Nations and Metis education and introduces the document. Section 2, "People of Many Nations," discusses environmental and linguistic diversity, legal terminology, and reclaiming names. Section 3, "So Who's This in My Classroom?" examines cultural characteristics and identity. Section 4, "What is First Nations and Metis Education?" discusses indigenous pedagogy, curriculum materials and resources, instructional methods and strategies, assessment and evaluation, and parent participation. Section 5, "What's In It For Me as a Teacher?" discusses the role of teachers working with aboriginal students. Section 6, "Creating a Positive Environment," discusses how to create positive, safe, welcoming, and joyful environments. Section 7, "Affirming the First Nations and Metis Child," discusses indigenous pedagogy; the four R's of classroom practice (respect, relevance, reciprocity, and responsibility); the child is not the teacher; and accepting language diversity. Section 8, "Challenging and Replacing Stereotypes," discusses social stereotyping, curriculum bias and ethnocentrism, what teachers can do, what is appropriate, how children develop views of other cultures, stages of development of racial attitudes and appropriate adult responses, and beyond the classroom. Section 9, "Becoming an Effective Teacher of First Nations and Metis Students," examines seven specific capabilities for effective cross-cultural educators. Appendix A contains lists of relevant books and videos. Appendix B highlights the work of many First Nations authors and illustrators. (Contains 24 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Canada Natives, Cultural Differences, Cultural Influences, Culturally Relevant Education, Curriculum Development, Diversity (Student), Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Ethnic Stereotypes, Ethnocentrism, Foreign Countries, Indigenous Populations, Language Minorities, Metis (People), Minority Group Children, Parent Participation, Racial Attitudes, Racial Differences, Relevance (Education), Social Bias, Staff Development, Student Attitudes, Student Evaluation, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Responsibility, Teacher Role, Teachers, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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Identifiers - Location: Canada