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dc.contributor.supervisor Campbell, Cathy
dc.contributor.author Shaw, Sheila Joanne Jody
dc.contributor.author University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
dc.date.accessioned 2010-03-29T16:49:14Z
dc.date.available 2010-03-29T16:49:14Z
dc.date.issued 2000
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10133/1087
dc.description vii, 92 leaves ; 29 cm. -- en
dc.description.abstract The opportunity for First Nations students to learn about their traditional history and culture within Canadian schools is limited. In spite of the relevance and need to have this type of inquiry, it seems that the Canadian educational system is reluctant to incorporate authentic curricula into the students' academic repertoire. However, there are those who are committed to the belief that all Canadian students would benefit from having the opportunity to learn about First Nations from both a precontact and postcontact context. Despite this educational thrust, authentic curricula, curricula which is developed in consultation with Elders and other knowledgeable community members, remains missing from Canadian institutions of education. The reader will be presented with a brief overview of the historical legacy of Aboriginal education which, in itself, substantiates the need to provide today's students with a more sensitive and responsible view of Aboriginal history and culture. The research questions for this study were: does authentic Aboriginal curricula have a positive impact on the self-esteem of Aboriginal students and does the Aboriginal community support teaching authentic Aboriginal curricula in public schools. For this research a class of grade 8 students were taught their social studies using authentic Aboriginal curriculum. Pretests and posttests, student interviews and student and community surveys were all used in this research. In addition, my teaching journal and personal reflections have been incorporated into the inquiry of whether or not Aboriginal students benefit from being taught authentic curricula. This study had four major findings: that the self-esteem of Aboriginal students was positively affected through the use of authentic Aboriginal curricula, that the students successfully met the British Columbia Ministry of Education's learning outcomes through the use of authentic curricula, that this Aboriginal community does support the use of authentic curricula within this school and that the Aboriginal students felt that courses using authentic curricula should be supported within public education. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 2000 en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Project (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education) en
dc.subject Indigenous peoples -- Canada -- Study and teaching -- Curricula en
dc.subject Indigenous peoples -- British Columbia -- Education en
dc.title The relevance of authentic aboriginal curricula for aboriginal students en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.publisher.faculty Education en


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