ERIC Number: ED478723
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Project NAME: Native American Mathematics Education. Recommended Lesson Activities with Authentic Assessments.
A project sought to improve mathematics instruction at the Winnebago Public School (WPS) on the Winnebago Indian Reservation (Nebraska) and to provide purposeful interactions between preservice teachers from Wayne State College and Native American children. WPS educators, grades K-6, improved their mathematics instructional ability by attending in-service sessions presented by consultants in the field of Native American education, curriculum-based evaluation, and authentic assessment; comparing their teaching styles with the learning styles of the WPS students; and creating the WPS instructional mathematics manual for Caucasian teachers of Native American children. The manual is organized by grade (K-6). The activities presented are interactive, use manipulatives, and relate to Native culture. In accord with cultural values, contests and competitions are used sparingly. Each activity is accompanied by the relevant Nebraska standards and authentic assessment procedures. WPS students' mathematics scores showed a definite gain during the course of the project. Six appendices present the RIDD Strategy for strategic thinking, the Burger method of teaching word problem solving, references and resources, an in-service program on curriculum-based assessment, steps for teaching mathematics to Native Americans, and teaching word problem solving at the primary level. (TD)
Descriptors: American Indian Education, College School Cooperation, Culturally Relevant Education, Curriculum Based Assessment, Educational Resources, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Higher Education, Mathematics Activities, Mathematics Instruction, Performance Based Assessment, State Standards, Teacher Education
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education, Lincoln.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Produced by Wayne State College and Winnebago Public School.