ERIC Number: EJ993823
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 72
Atuarfitsialak: Greenland's Cultural Compatible Reform
Wyatt, Tasha R.
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), v25 n6 p819-836 2012
In 2002, Greenlandic reform leaders launched a comprehensive, nation-wide reform to create culturally compatible education. Greenland's reform work spans the entire educational system and includes preschool through higher education. To assist their efforts, reform leaders adopted the Standards for Effective Pedagogy developed at the Center for Research on Education, Diversity, and Excellence (CREDE). The standards are principles of effective teaching and learning that have been researched in many other indigenous communities. This study investigated the early stages of Greenland's reform work of the public school to understand why reform leaders adopted the CREDE standards, and what constraints, if any, the standards posed in the Greenlandic context. The findings suggest the reform was initiated to further decolonize Greenland as a former colony of Denmark. The standards were adopted to assist in this process by increasing Greenlandic students' linguistic abilities, strengthening native culture and identity, and improving Greenland's labor market.
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), Cultural Differences, Bilingual Education, Oral History, Foreign Countries, Social Distance, Global Approach, Educational Change, Culturally Relevant Education, Standards, Teaching Methods, Public Education, Cultural Context, Foreign Policy, Cultural Maintenance, Self Concept, Labor Force Development, Language Skills, Eskimo Aleut Languages, Language Maintenance
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Denmark; Greenland