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ERIC Number: EJ868714
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1253
Imaginative Education Engages Aboriginal Learners in Prince Rupert
Pearson, George
Education Canada, v49 n5 spec iss p26-29 2009
Ten years ago, only 10% of the aboriginal students attending the public school of Prince Rupert took down their diploma of secondary studies. Across British Columbia, only 47 percent of the Aboriginal students who entered Grade 8 in 2003 have since completed high school, compared to 79 percent for all students in the province, an inequity that has been recognized and deplored for years. Governments and non-government organizations, schools, and education organizations have poured money and ideas into projects aimed at closing the graduation gap and improving the quality of education for Aboriginal students. Many of the projects have established touch points with Aboriginal culture but haven't built a culturally inclusive, pedagogically sound curriculum to engage Aboriginal students throughout an entire year and from one year to the next. This article describes how Prince Rupert, British Columbia, is addressing that shortcoming with LUCID (Learning for Understanding through Culturally inclusive Imaginative Development), in partnership with the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and the Prince Rupert Aboriginal Education Council. LUCID expands teachers' repertoire, by incorporating "a diversity of cultural and personal histories and knowledge" and by engaging students' imaginations. Teachers in Prince Rupert, B.C., are now using imagination as a foundation for engaging the hearts and minds of their students, nearly 60 percent of whom are Aboriginal.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada