ERIC Number: EJ1065661
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Critical Pedagogy and Praxis with Native American Youth: Cultivating Change through Participatory Action Research
Groves Price, Paula; Mencke, Paul D.
Educational Foundations, v27 n3-4 p85-102 Sum-Fall 2013
The author's used this article to discuss critical pedagogy and praxis, but also provided an example of their work and process of engaging in participatory action research (PAR) with Native American Youth as they navigated through their own tensions of positionality and criticality with historically marginalized teens. They introduce the "Leadership Development Camp," designed to aid student retention, support student resiliency, and improve academic and socio-emotional development. During this week long residential summer camp for youth ages 13-17 years old, the Leadership Development Camp offers middle and high-school students the opportunity to live in a college dormitory while engaging in a wide variety of athletic activities, culturally responsive academic seminars, and leadership and team building activities. While critical pedagogy is no magic solution or recipe for the myriad of issues plaguing schools and communities, hope remains that actions for liberation and critical consciousness will ultimately transform schooling and education in the future.
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Praxis, Participatory Research, Action Research, American Indian Students, Middle School Students, High School Students, Youth Programs, Resident Camp Programs, Summer Programs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; High Schools
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