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ERIC Number: EJ971431
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0313-7155
Multicultural Studies from a Sami Perspective: Bridging Traditions and Challenges in an Indigenous Setting
Balto, Asta Mitkija; Ostmo, Liv
Issues in Educational Research, v22 n1 p1-17 2012
The Sami University College has from the beginning of its establishment in 1994 provided advanced post-graduate study for students in multicultural understanding. This article deals with our experiences in providing such education for some ten years. It is difficult for our students, and people in general, to change their normative views of other people. Students examine how such ties can result in either inclusive or exclusive interactions, and the article discusses how difficult it is to broaden one's views and reflect on one's own and other people's ties and attitudes critically. In teaching, we encourage our students to use their stories as a means of analysing their experiences. Storytelling is an important part of the Sami heritage and other indigenous heritages. Therefore, it is a fascinating resource for learning. In this article, we examine how effective this tool is and how it enables learning by creating a Sami learning environment, or "searvelatnja" "a shared room". We also look at how storytelling can contribute to self-esteem, analytical cultural understanding and reflective skills. We highlight the enhancement of cultural sensitivity and analytic thought as central elements in the continuation of building and upholding democratic societies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland; Norway