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ERIC Number: EJ1000215
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-1523-1615
How to Make the Small Indigenous Cultures Bloom? Special Traits of Sami Education in Finland
Keskitalo, Pigga; Uusiautti, Satu; Maatta, Kaarina
Current Issues in Comparative Education, v15 n1 p52-63 Fall 2012
This article discusses smallness from the point of view of the Sami, an indigenous people of the Arctic, and describes today's Sami education in Finland, the factors that have affected its formation and the challenges in strengthening it. The purpose of the article is to provide ideas to develop Sami education and encourage discovering methods that emanate from indigenous peoples' own cultural premises. This article is based on our previous studies and data that we further analyzed into theoretical tools. Here, we discuss what it would mean to the Sami to have a sovereign educational system. The challenges are viewed especially from the point of view of the Sami being a small assemblage that inhabits four countries. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland