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Since 1975, the political climate has increasingly supported the inclusion of American Indian culture and language in Native education and the training of Native teachers. Native teachers enhance the teacher-student relationship for Native students, are role models for Native youth, and are aware of Native learning styles. The ongoing Native Educators Research Project, examining how language and culture are included in the education of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Hawaiian teachers, surveyed 238 students in 27 Native teacher preparation programs and interviewed program administrators. Although most programs articulated a focus on Native language and culture, course contents and requirements often did not reflect that intent. About half the respondents reported that they spoke and understood their Native language and were knowledgeable about their Native culture. About a third could write in their Native language. Nearly all respondents felt that Native language and culture should be included in the schooling of Native children, but only about a quarter felt prepared to teach their Native language, English as a second language, or bilingual education. While more than half felt prepared to teach multicultural education, only about a quarter felt prepared to teach Native culture. Seventy percent of respondents felt prepared to use cooperative/group instructional strategies, but only 40 percent felt prepared in the area of Native learning styles. (TD)

Descriptors: American Indian Education, Cultural Education, Educational Attitudes, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Indigenous Personnel, Native Language Instruction, Preservice Teacher Education, School Surveys, Student Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Shortage, Tribally Controlled Education

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Author: Manuelito, Kathryn D.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=5304&id=ED482324







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