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ERIC Number: EJ1052577
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Life on the Reservation: Cross-Cultural Field Experiences and Student Learning
Richardson, Belinda Conrad; Dinkins, Elizabeth G.
AILACTE Journal, v11 n1 p57-72 Fall 2014
Twenty-first century classrooms are filled with increasingly diverse student populations. Effective teacher preparation programs must include explicit course work in culturally responsive pedagogies and field experiences that place educators in new sociocultural contexts. Field experiences in cross-cultural, place-based settings have the potential to help educators recognize injustice and develop empowering practices (Baldwin, Buchanan, & Rudisill, 2007; Greenwood, 2008; Smith, 2007; Smith & Sobel, 2010). In this article, we describe our recent collaboration with Oglala Lakota College (OLC) and the Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies (CAIRNS) to provide both undergraduate teacher candidates and graduate students with rich, field-based cross-cultural experiences. We discuss the research and theories shaping this collaboration and describe the formation of these partnerships. Student learning in both the undergraduate and graduate field experiences indicates how spending intensive time in a unique cultural setting can promote critical thinking about the self, the world, and the role of educators in creating change.
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Critical Thinking, Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Self Concept, Teacher Role, American Indians, American Indian Education, Partnerships in Education, Cross Cultural Training, Tribally Controlled Education, Experiential Learning, Theory Practice Relationship, Social Change, Teacher Education, American Indian Reservations, Cultural Awareness, Colleges
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: South Dakota