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ERIC Number: ED441783
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
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Teachers' Work in Canadian Aboriginal Communities.
Wotherspoon, Terry
This paper focuses on teachers' work in western Canadian communities that have substantial populations of Aboriginal students. It highlights the expectations, conditions, and activities that accompany the work in which teachers engage as a direct response to the needs and concerns of diverse Aboriginal communities, examining ways in which teachers can contribute to or impede positive educational change in these communities and discussing the implications of these expectations and relationships for an understanding of teachers' work. The paper begins by examining teaching as a contradictory form of work in which teachers' contributions to the general development and regulation of others are mediated by the regulation of teaching itself. Next, it presents a brief overview of the historical and contemporary community contexts in which Aboriginal education is situated. This is followed by a discussion of key substantive dimensions associated with teaching in these communities. The next section examines the need for more teachers of Aboriginal ancestry at all levels in the education system. After looking at curricular issues and resource support for culturally relevant education, the paper describes relationships among Aboriginal and conventional approaches to education. (Contains 60 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Canada