ERIC Number: EJ933164
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Building Native Nations through Native Student's Commitment to Their Communities
Lee, Tiffany S.
Journal of American Indian Education, v48 n1 p19-36 2009
One aspect of building Native nations entails motivating American Indian/Alaska Native youth to become committed to their communities so as to sustain and move forward with the goals of American Indian/Alaska Native nations. This study determined the impact of one Native American Studies department on its Native students' life goals. Through its "Indigenized" approach to education, which included community-based partnerships, experiential methods in course activities, and critical interdisciplinary perspectives in curriculum, students reported that Native American Studies provided a home away from home; it enlightened their perspectives on Indigenous issues; and it motivated their life goals in dedication to Native communities. These students' experiences help to realize a goal of Indigenous education, which aims to encourage Native youth to become contributing members of their communities. The politics of "going back" to serve in one's community is also addressed by the students and suggests further research questions in need of continued exploration.
Descriptors: American Indian Studies, American Indians, Alaska Natives, American Indian Education, Program Effectiveness, Interdisciplinary Approach, Partnerships in Education, Curriculum Implementation, Culturally Relevant Education, Goal Orientation, Educational Benefits, Student Attitudes, Experiential Learning
Center for Indian Education. Arizona State University, College of Education, P.O. Box 871311, Tempe, AZ 95287-1311. Tel: 480-965-6292; Web site: http://jaie.asu.edu/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alaska