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ERIC Number: EJ867393
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1052-5505
Understanding of Sovereignty and Identity Improved by Learning with Cases
Smith, Barbara Leigh
Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education, v20 n2 p38-41 Win 2008
In 2005, Lumina Foundation for Education supported five colleges in the Northwest--Evergreen State College (TESC), Grays Harbor College (GHC), Northwest Indian College (NWIC), Salish Kootenai College (SKC), and Bainbridge Graduate Institute--to work together to develop Native teaching cases as a culturally relevant and engaging resource for Native students. Using cases simply means teaching stories with a significant educational message. This project had several goals: (1) to promote student engagement and active learning; (2) to develop skills in problem solving and working in teams; (3) to create a strong community of learners in the Grays Harbor College and Evergreen State College reservation-based program; (4) to encourage sharing of issues and solutions across tribes; and (5) to fill a void in the literature on contemporary issues in Indian Country, especially the Pacific Northwest. Faculty development was an important part of this initiative since case teaching is new to many instructors. Each case has teaching notes. While all the partner colleges utilized cases, Grays Harbor College and Evergreen State College were the sites for large-scale integration of cases into the curriculum. The cases were implemented in online courses (American Government and Biology) and in face-to-face classes. The cases were live and lively: local but not too local. They were rich in complicated issues that didn't lend themselves to easy answers. Working in groups around clearly defined tasks provided opportunities for learning from one another. Students repeatedly pointed to learning from their peers as a significant strength of learning through cases. Student views about the case method are presented. (Contains 1 table.)
Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education. P.O. Box 720, Mancos, CO 81328. Tel: 888-899-6693; Fax: 970-533-9145; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Montana; Washington