ERIC Number: EJ757633
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb
Reference Count: 0
An Investigation of How Culture Shapes Curriculum in Early Care and Education Programs on a Native American Indian Reservation: "The Drum Is Considered the Heartbeat of the Community"
Gilliard, Jennifer L.; Moore, Rita A.
Early Childhood Education Journal, v34 n4 p251-258 Feb 2007
This article investigates how culture shapes instruction in three early care and education programs on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Interviews with eight early childhood teachers as well as classroom observations were conducted. The investigation is framed by the following research question: How does the culture of the family and community shape curriculum? Data analysis suggested that ongoing communication with parents and community about teaching within a culturally relevant context, building a sense of belongingness and community through ritual, and respecting children, families, and community were essential to defining the Native American Indian culture within these early learning programs.
Descriptors: Investigations, Data Analysis, American Indian Culture, Reservation American Indians, Culturally Relevant Education, Cultural Influences, Teacher Surveys, Classroom Observation Techniques, Interviews, Elementary School Curriculum
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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