ERIC Number: ED460648
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
Reference Count: N/A
Discursive Power and Problems of Native Inclusiveness in the Public Education System: A Study of Mandated School Councils. NALL Working Paper.
Burns, George E.
This study investigated Ontario school council inclusiveness pertaining to Aboriginal peoples. A case study was conducted with a cross section of Native and non-Native Canadians who were directly or indirectly involved in school council-related activities. Researchers audiotaped interviews and focus group discussions with participants and analyzed archival materials (newspaper articles, school council minutes, journal articles, books, and school council materials). Overall, school councils were an externally imposed mandated reform that was not necessarily widely supported by trustees, administrators, and teachers, all of whom appeared threatened by parent and community participation. Council members were not necessarily knowledgeable about their roles and responsibilities. Principals tended to dominate the school council process but lacked the skills to advocate for change, share power, provide appropriate leadership, and develop a vision of school governance. School councils were not inclusive of Native Canadians, so the education, social interests, needs, and expectations of Native parents and community members were not being considered. Results revealed the need for a school council system involving Aboriginal parental, elder, and community participation in order to improve inclusiveness and educational relevancy, excellence, and equity in public education for Aboriginal peoples. (Contains bibliographic references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Canada Natives, Case Studies, Culturally Relevant Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Foreign Countries, Inclusive Schools, Indigenous Populations, Minority Groups, Parent Participation, Public Education, Racial Discrimination, School Councils
For full text: http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/depts/sese/csew/nall.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ontario Ministry of Education and Training, Toronto.; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto. New Approaches to Lifelong Learning.
Identifiers - Location: Canada