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ERIC Number: ED451995
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr-12
Pages: 41
Abstractor: N/A
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Constructing Knowledge and Training Curricula about Early Childhood Care and Development in Canadian Aboriginal Communities.
Ball, Jessica; Pence, Alan
The Meadow Lake Tribal Council (MLTC) (Saskatchewan) and the University of Victoria (British Columbia) developed a bicultural postsecondary training curriculum in early childhood care and development that incorporated both Euro-Western and Aboriginal knowledge. Since the MLTC sought curricula using representative Cree and Dene cultures rather than generic pan-Aboriginal culture, seven groups of Aboriginal communities partnered with the university to co-construct a 2-year curriculum delivered entirely in their communities. Tribal elders played key roles in developing the curriculum. A steering committee in each community had responsibility to raise funds; recruit instructors, students, elders, and practicum supervisors; and provide facilities and supports for teaching and learning. Four of the community groups were able to recruit Native American instructors. A 2-year evaluation using interviews, questionnaires, focus groups, participant observations, community forums, and record reviews was completed in 2000. Positive program impacts included unprecedented high rates of Aboriginal student retention, program completion, leadership, and application of training to relevant vocations within their communities; revitalization of intergenerational relationships through tribal elders' involvement in curriculum construction, teaching, and learning; enhanced community cohesion; and reinforcement of valued cultural concepts and practices. (Contains 37 references.) (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada