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ERIC Number: EJ794260
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-0021-8731
Moving toward the Language: Reflections on Teaching in an Indigenous-Immersion School
Hermes, Mary
Journal of American Indian Education, v46 n3 p54-71 2007
A powerful tool for creating culture while, at the same time, a cognitively rigorous exercise, Indigenous-language immersion could be a key for producing both language fluency and academic success in culture-based schools. Drawing on seven years of critical ethnographic research at Ojibwe schools in Minnesota and Wisconsin, this researcher suggests Indigenous schools consider shifting from a culture-based curriculum to teaching culture through the Indigenous language. In this article, the researcher chronicles her thinking that led to direct involvement in the founding of an Ojibwe language-immersion school. Reflecting on one year of co-teaching, some of the successes and challenges of teaching in a new immersion school are articulated.
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 - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota; Wisconsin