11-2 Winter 1999 “Teacher Education” Resource Guide

Nov 15th, 1999 | By | Category: 11-2: Teacher Education, Resource Guides
By Elizabeth Albert, M.Ed. and Thomas D. Peacock, Ed.D.

There is a growing collection of good materials on teaching American Indian students, as well as materials useful for teachers integrating American Indian content into the curriculum. This guide presents a sampling of those resources (both written and those available on the World Wide Web) for prospective and practicing teachers of American Indian students, as well as for teacher education programs. The collection focuses on sources that provide background in Indian education, sources that suggest ways of teaching, and sources for integrating American Indian content into traditional subject areas.


American Indian Education Committee. (1996). American Indian curriculum frameworks. St. Paul: Minnesota Department of Children, Families, and Learning.

A comprehensive curriculum framework of 17 areas for teachers and schools interested in integrating American Indian content (with an emphasis on Minnesota-based tribes but universal in many respects) into the curriculum. Covers areas including values, sovereignty, treaty rights, communities and families, and harmony and balance. Includes a comprehensive list of useful reference materials, as well as sample lesson plans and assessment materials. Easy for teachers to pick up and use, including those with little knowledge of Indian content.

Banks, J. (1994). An introduction to multicultural education. Needham Heights, Mass.: Allyn and Bacon.

A good introduction to multicultural education, including the debate over its implementation in classrooms, ways to transform the curriculum to ensure multicultural perspectives, and ways to evaluate classrooms and schools to ensure they address the needs of other than mainstream cultures. Necessary background reading, especially for non-Indian teachers.

Cudato, M. & Bruchac, J. (1991). Keepers of the animals. Golden,Colo.: Fulcrum Publishing.

This is a useful book for teachers interested in integrating American Indian principles into environmental and science education.

Cajete, G. (1994). Look to the mountain: An ecology of indigenous education. Skyland, N.C.: Kivaki Press.

The author has taken a fresh approach, which views contemporary education through the lens of tribal cultures. He proposes using tribal cultures as the basis for new paradigms for serving Indian students. Until now, most of the literature in American Indian education has focused on Indian students succeeding within the context of contemporary educational structures. This book is a must for teacher education programs that want prospective teachers to view Indian education issues from the other side of the desk.

Cleary, L., & Peacock, T. (1998). Collected wisdom: American Indian education. Needham Heights, Mass.: Allyn and Bacon.

Based on the collective voices of both Indian and non-Indian teachers of Indian students, Collected Wisdom goes beyond the basics of Indian education to the critical issues and solutions: cultural differences, oppression’s effect on Indian students, being Indian in a non-Indian world, Native language, tribal ways of knowing, literacy, so-called “Indian learning styles,” and internal motivation. It proposes a much broader and more holistic approach to combating the educational issues facing Indian students that includes the individual, families, communities, tribes, and schools.

Deyhle, D., & Swisher, K. (1997). Research in American Indian and Alaska Native education: From assimilation to self-determination. In Michael W. Apple (Ed.). Review of Research in Education (22), 113-194. Washington, D.C.: American Educational Research Association.

One of the most comprehensive reviews of the literature offered on Indian education to date. Covers all the major studies of Indian education, as well Indian students, in the recent past. Important reading for understanding how the scholarly community has studied, viewed, and proposes to address the critical issues facing Indian students.

Deloria, V. (1982). Education and imperialism. Integrateducation. Amherst, Mass.: University of Massacusetts. 58-63.

A good article for Indian educators to post above their desks as a reminder of what Indian education was designed to accomplish. Never one to avoid misinterpretation, Deloria decries Indian education efforts and calls for new initiatives that would include, among other things, Indians.

Denny, J. P. (1991). Rational thought in oral culture and literate decontextualization. In D. Olson & Torrance, N. (Eds.). Literacy and Orality (pp. 90-101). London: Cambridge University Press.

A good piece on issues of literacy in communities as they evolve from oral to written. Useful for understanding issues of literacy in tribal communities.

Frazier, P. (Ed.). (1996). Many nations: A Library of Congress resource guide for the study of Indian and Alaska Native peoples of the United States. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office.

A comprehensive guide to the wealth of resources available in the Library of Congress, which is aimed to assist researchers interested in all areas of Indian and Alaska Native issues.

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