ERIC Number: ED474749
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Widening the Circle: Culturally Relevant Pedagogy for American Indian Children.
Klug, Beverly J.; Whitfield, Patricia T.
This book provides non-Native teachers with information about Native American cultures and offers a pedagogical model that blends Native and non-Native worldviews and methodologies. The book aims to describe the process of becoming bicultural as it relates to success in teaching Native students; provide a short history of American Indian nations, including educational practices and legislation related to American Indian education; assist teachers in developing a better understanding of culture; and present examples of culturally relevant pedagogy and ways of partnering with Indian communities. The first three chapters discuss bicultural awareness, a short history of American Indian education as a tool of cultural genocide, and the effects of colonization on Native communities as a whole. Chapters 4-5 explore the concept of culture and ways of recognizing the role of culture in one's own life, and describe general cultural values and traditional ways of educating Native youth. Chapters 6-7 draw on interviews with Native educators, parents, and grandparents to provide insights into methods of culturally relevant pedagogy and strategies for bringing Native families and communities into school communities. Chapter 8 presents case studies of four teachers who worked in schools with high Native student populations. Chapters 9-10 deal with ongoing concerns with American Indian education and conclusions about what teachers must do to promote Native student success. (Contains references, questions for reflection, and an index.) (SV)
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indian Education, Biculturalism, Consciousness Raising, Cultural Awareness, Culturally Relevant Education, Educational Practices, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, School Community Relationship, Teacher Education, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Experience, Teaching Methods, Values
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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