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ERIC Number: EJ784821
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 19
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8731
Rethinking Social Studies for a Critical Democracy in American Indian/Alaska Native Education
Locke, Steven; Lindley, Lorinda
Journal of American Indian Education, v46 n1 p1-19 2007
This investigation examines an elementary social studies methods course taught on an American Indian reservation through a state university. Data were collected from American Indian pre-service teachers over four years through taped interviews, classroom observations, and a review of homework and in-class assignments. A Freirean critical pedagogy framework was utilized to analyze the data. Analysis revealed that the course replicated and reproduced dominant cultural values and knowledge of the state university and was insensitive to American Indian history, values, and pedagogy. Suggestions include the need for the course to interrogate historical interpretations and the economic and social structures of the local Indian community. The course also needed to emphasize the cultural strengths of the local community and its contributions and place in the context of state and national history.
Center for Indian Education. Arizona State University, College of Education, P.O. Box 871311, Tempe, AZ 95287-1311. Tel: 480-965-6292; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A