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ERIC Number: EJ841977
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0095-182X
Trials and Triumphs of Teaching Introduction to Native American Studies
Johansen, Bruce Elliott
American Indian Quarterly, v27 n1-2 p264-266 Win-Spr 2003
Introduction to Native American Studies has been, paradoxically, the author's most satisfying and most challenging teaching assignment in more than two decades as a university-level faculty member. As a former coordinator of the Native American Studies Program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), he has heard many other faculty air their experiences with this course. He has come to realize, therefore, that he is not alone. At UNO they usually offer six to eight sections of the introductory course during the fall and spring semesters, with another section or two in the summer. All students at UNO are required to take a course in minority, gender, or international "diversity." The good news that has devolved from this requirement is that many students get a dollop of diversity they otherwise would not have had--and judging by what most of them know about Native American history when they begin this class, they sorely need it. In this article, the author describes his most pronounced highs and lows in teaching Introduction to Native American Studies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Nebraska