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ERIC Number: ED476005
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-May-18
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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The Problematic of the Practice of Teachers' Training in Inuit Communities within a Perspective of Knowledge Construction in Collaboration.
Maheux, Gisele; Simard, Diane
In response to requests by two communities in Nunavik (northern Quebec), an Inuit teachers' training program has been offered since 1985 to community school personnel by the Universite du Quebec en Abitibi-Temiscamingue. The language used by the students, teachers (or teachers-to-be), and professional resources in the program is Inuktitut. The development of professional knowledge and know-how in education comes up against the conceptual limits of the language. Therefore, as part of the training, a language-building process has developed throughout the years. The working approach is collaborative. Inuit teachers and pedagogical counselors know their first language and their culture. The university professors have expertise in curriculum development and academic discourse. Each group has its own cultural identity, so to ensure the harmonious development of the project, the principles of equal status and interdependence of the partners have been adopted in an interactive, intercultural process. The process must integrate the native Inuit way of transmitting knowledge and literacy on one part, and the analytical cognitive model of the mainstream culture on the other part. The use of Native first language can not be limited to the oral medium. The development of writing presupposes that agreements on a common alphabet and on writing conventions are made, yet Native languages have multiple dialects and a lack of official and legitimate structures to solve such questions. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada