ERIC Number: ED467407
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Jul
Forging a Civic Relationship between Native Youth and Their Indigenous Nation: A Tribally-Specific, Tribally Formed Social Studies Curriculum.
Blanchard, Rosemary Ann
Native students experience social reality through their indigenous nation/society, and this reality must be reflected in the school curriculum for education to be meaningful. Indigenous communities should consider the strategy of developing an organic social studies curriculum grounded in all the social science disciplines, centered in the indigenous communities, and taught in an interactive community-centered manner. An organic curriculum is one in which fundamental concepts are introduced in the first grade in an interdisciplinary manner. Student understanding develops in depth and complexity throughout the 12 years of public school. This organic, tribally-specific social studies curriculum is developed from the Community Social Profile (CSP), a written description of the community's physical environment, history, economic aspects, political structures, and cultural world view. The very process of developing the CSP brings elders, community leaders, educators, and youth together in a community-based learning enterprise. Much information can be gathered by students, under the guidance of an oversight committee composed of representatives of the schools, Nation, and community. The community's goals for its children should be articulated and incorporated into the curriculum as grade-specific objectives and competencies. A number of awarenesses, such as social awareness and cultural awareness, should be cultivated in the resulting curriculum. Activities appropriate to student grade levels should be developed to foster these awarenesses. (TD)
Descriptors: American Indian Education, Citizenship Education, Culturally Relevant Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Place Based Education, School Community Relationship, Social Studies, Tribally Controlled Education
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Indigenous Education around the World. Workshop Papers from the World Indigenous People's Conference: Education (Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 15-22, 1996); see RC 023 640.