ERIC Number: ED473274
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
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Learning from and Working with Yup'ik Professionals.
Olson, Jennifer; Olson, Philip D.; Pingayak, Teresa; Sterling, Katherine W.; Pierzchanowski, Lenea K. M.
Yup'ik Head Start personnel in the Yukon-Kuskokwim delta in Alaska wanted to create a team approach for serving at-risk children with special needs. The area's umbrella agency for Head Start partnered with an innovative in-service team training project developed by the University of Idaho to deliver a culturally relevant, mobile in-service module covering teamwork. A participatory action research project compared training outcomes of six Yup'ik teams to those of eight teams from rural Pacific Northwest (PNW) locations who took the module. Participants completed surveys pre- and post-program, and 6 months following the program. Results indicate that Yup'ik teams made and maintained gains in 22 of the 30 items on the survey following participation in the teaming module, with 9 of these items being significant. The significant scores came primarily in the categories of meetings and goals/planning. These are skills typically associated with a Western approach to service delivery and may reflect the increasing desire among Yup'ik people to live and work successfully "in both worlds." There were apparent differences and similarities between the PNW and Yup'ik teams. The PNW teams ranked themselves much lower in the pretest profile than did the Yup'ik teams and then made gains consistent with those of the Yup'ik teams. All teams made their greatest gains in increasing the effectiveness of their meetings, indicating a universal concern in this area regardless of ethnic or cultural issues. (TD)
Descriptors: Action Research, Alaska Natives, Biculturalism, Culturally Relevant Education, Early Childhood Education, Eskimos, Geographic Isolation, Inservice Teacher Education, Participatory Research, Partnerships in Education, Rural Education, Team Training
For full text of entire monograph: http://www4.nau.edu/ihd/airrtc/pdfs/monograph.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Alaska