Academic journal article Journal of Developmental Education

Teaching Native Students

Academic journal article Journal of Developmental Education

Teaching Native Students

Article excerpt

The U.S. Office of Indian Education (OIE) offers recommendations for educators of American Indian/Alaska Native students, based on results of a recently completed study. The findings apply to both Native and non-Native educators.

Participants from 52 focus groups provided OIE researchers with feedback regarding what they considered effective instructional strategies for teaching American Indian/Alaska Native students. They suggested that different subjects are best taught with different instructional methods. For example, direct instruction was deemed most effective for teaching math, whereas constructivist methods that more closely emulate Indigenous learning work best for teaching the physical and social sciences.

The study's participants also recognize that teachers, whether Native or non-Native, have a crucial role in incorporating Indigenous culture into the classroom; however, this cultural element is often absent, in part because of nonalignment with States' K-12 testing standards. …

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