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ERIC Number: EJ1017698
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
Embracing Intercultural Diversification: Teaching Young Adult Literature with Native American Themes
Metzger, Kenan; Box, Andrea; Blasingame, James
English Journal, v102 n5 p57-62 May 2013
According to the most recent census, there are five million Native Americans in the United States. Of these, there are at least 500,000 Native Americans attending public schools. However, the educational system does not fully serve this population and in fact often ignores them. More importantly, each tribe and clan has its own distinct cultural practices to which educators should pay particular attention. Specifically, students not only need to see their cultural heritage acknowledged but can also benefit from having their culture included as part of the learning process. Educators should consult with the local community when developing curriculum, for content and how to structure the delivery of instruction. One way to integrate students' culture into the curriculum is through literature; however, educators must be aware that some authors, through ignorance or neglect, overlook important cultural aspects of a tribe and misrepresent them. Educators can see the positive effects that carefully selected culturally relevant literature has on both Native and non-Native students, and can identify pedagogical practices that foster critical thinking about issues of multicultural education. In this article the authors describe a curriculum that engages Native American and non-Native students in studies of Native American literature that encourage all students to develop a wider range of American culture and history.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona
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