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ERIC Number: EJ1092934
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1052-5505
Actualizing the Seventh Generation Prophecy: A Case Study in Teacher Education at a Tribal College
Azure, Lisa Benz
Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education, v27 n3 Feb 2016
The present generation of American Indian, college-aged young adults are by their own accord fulfilling the "prophecy of the Seventh Generation." According to this prophecy, after seven generations of living in close contact with Europeans, young tribal descendants who are growing up today will find ways to bring back their culture and language. The purpose of this case study was to conduct a descriptive analysis of a teacher education licensure program for American Indian preservice teachers at a tribal college. Graduates of the program gave their perspectives on what contributed to their successful completion of the program and meeting state licensure requirements. Participants were 10 American Indian graduates of the tribal college elementary education baccalaureate program that was the setting for the case, all of whom have met state licensure requirements and are currently practicing teachers. Methods for data collection encompassed qualitative surveys, documents and archival records, and open-ended interviews. This data triangulation was used to increase the internal validity of the study. The participants who were part of this case study have faced challenges in their lives that would have caused others with less tenacity and resolve to lose sight of their goals. They are here, and they have experienced success by achieving one of their life goals--becoming professional educators. They are the young tribal descendants, referred to in the prophecy of the Seventh Generation, who are overcoming adversity and fulfilling their roles of mending the broken hoop. Their journeys have only just begun; they are actualizing the prophecy and realizing their place as professional educators who will most certainly make a difference in the lives of numerous children and their families. Their invaluable perspectives have implications for tribal, public, and private institutions of higher education intent upon increasing the number of licensed American Indian professional educators in classrooms throughout the United States.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: North Dakota
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