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ERIC Number: EJ866072
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 87
ISSN: ISSN-1350-4622
Connecting with Place: Implications of Integrating Cultural Values into the School Curriculum in Alaska
Takano, Takako; Higgins, Peter; McLaughlin, Pat
Environmental Education Research, v15 n3 p343-370 Jun 2009
Many authors primarily from industrialised nations discuss human relationships with the natural environment in the context of global environmental issues, and highlight the close relationships that "traditional" societies have with nature. There is a growing trend among indigenous people in North America to restore such a connection with the land through place-based education. This article reports on progress on such a programme at Russian Mission School in rural Alaska in the period 2002-2007 and its implications for sustainability. The programme actively seeks to integrate the community's cultural values and activities into their curriculum. This has resulted in raising pupils' academic skills and confidence, and seems to be bridging a gap of distrust between the school and community. An ethnographical approach was adopted with a mixed research design based primarily on participant observation, supported by semi-structured interviews, written surveys, and conversations with stakeholders, student writings and secondary sources. The initial fieldwork in 2002 was followed up five years later. (Contains 5 notes, 5 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alaska; North America