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ERIC Number: ED549469
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 180
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2672-7002-3
Students' Perspectives on Navajo Language and Learning: Voices of the Students
Shepard, Marlena
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Arizona State University
To determine if Navajo language classes made a difference in students' lives, thirty Navajo language and culture students were selected to be interviewed. The students selected were those who were in the language and culture programs in the elementary, middle and high school. The focus was to find out the students' perspectives on Navajo language and culture instruction. This study explored if students understood the importance of language revitalization and if the language and culture classes offered by schools was making a difference in their lives. The research was conducted to answer the following questions: What teaching methods did students prefer from their native language teachers? Did students feel that learning their home language in an educational setting has made a positive impact on their Western education? Has the Navajo language program, lead students to participate in cultural events? Interviewing was used in this study to determine if student success contributed to the participation of the Navajo language and culture classes. Comparison was made between boys and girls to find if the preferred teaching methods varied between male and female. The different grade levels were compared to find which grade level has become more involved in cultural or ceremonial events since participating in the native language and culture program. The comparison was to discover which age group had a positive impact on Western education while participating in native studies. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; High Schools; Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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