ERIC Number: EJ816250
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
Transforming Pedagogies: Pre-Service Reflections on Learning and Teaching in an Indigenous World
Tanaka, Michele; Williams, Lorna; Benoit, Yvonne J.; Duggan, Robyn K.; Moir, Laura; Scarrow, Jillian C.
Teacher Development, v11 n1 p99-109 Mar 2007
Through personal narratives, pre-service teachers recount their experiences from a course based in Indigenous pedagogy within the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria. These narratives were drawn from the assigned daily reflection journals of pre-service teachers. They highlight how their personal understandings of teaching and learning were transformed. In the context of a Lekwungen and Liekwelthout pole carving course, they developed a deep understanding of the Indigenous concepts of "Celhcelh"--the development of a sense of responsibility for personal learning within the context of a learning community; "Kat'il'a"--the act of becoming still--slowing down, despite an ingrained and urgent need to know and desire for busy-ness; "Cwelelep"--the discomfort and value of being in a place of dissonance, uncertainty and anticipation; and "Kamucwkalha"--the energy current that indicates the emergence of a communal sense of purpose. The writers share their personal reflections of these concepts and how they affected their views of teaching and learning.
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Teacher Educators, Education Courses, Preservice Teacher Education, Personal Narratives, Reflection, Student Journals, Indigenous Knowledge, Indigenous Populations, Foreign Countries, Canada Natives, Student Diversity, Learning Processes, Educational Innovation, Multicultural Education, Cultural Pluralism, Cultural Awareness, Culturally Relevant Education, Art Expression
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada