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Conflicting Landscapes

American Schooling/Alaska Natives

This comprehensive illustrated volume presents a wide-ranging picture of the schooling of Alaska Native children from past to present. It explores the histories of changing philosophies of schooling and their effect on generations of Alaska Native students, details the situation—financial, social, and educational—of the many rural schools serving this population, and offers cogent, straightforward proposals for improving the intellectual, emotional, and spiritual health of present and future generations of Alaska Natives.

264 pages | 35 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2007

Distributed for The Kuskokwim Corporation

Education: Education--General Studies

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“An invaluable guide to newly arriving teachers of Native students.”

Judith Kleinfeld | University of Alaska Fairbanks

“Bates and Oleksa convincingly present the reality of cultural diversity and the challenges facing educators in Alaska and elsewhere. They discuss what has worked in interethnic communication and place-based education, but go beyond this to examine the underlying problem of lack of institutional memory and continuity in schooling, the abandonment of measures proven to demonstrate success, caused by a high turnover of teachers and administrators, with the result that we see the same mistakes and failures tragically and unnecessarily repeated year after year, generation after generation, leading to ongoing low academic achievement of most Alaska Native students, as well as family and community dysfunction.”

Richard Dauenhauer | University of Alaska Southeast

Table of Contents

Dedications & Special Thanks
About the Authors
Table of Contents
From the Publisher (The Kuskokwim Corporation)

Section I: As It Is and Has Been
Part One: A Personalized View of Native Schooling: The Historical, Social, and Cultural Context

      Michael J. Oleksa

Part Two: A Description of the Seedbed

      Clifton Bates

Section II: As It Could Be
A Different View of Culturally Responsive Schools: Considerations for Policy Makers, School Board Members, Educators, Parents and Other Interested Folk

      Clifton Bates

Examples of Training Curricula
      Michael J. Oleksa

In Conclusion

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