Not Just Adding Aboriginal Contents to a Non-Aboriginal Curriculum: Preparing Saskatchewan Teachers for the Rising Aboriginal School Population

By:
Dr. Norbert W. Witt
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By 2016, more than 40% of Saskatchewan's students will be of Aboriginal origin according to Statistics Canada. Educators will face the challenge to meet the educational needs of the rising Aboriginal population. The dual goal of reinforcing Aboriginal identity and to provide training necessary to survive in the so-called modern world, introduced by the Assembly of First Nations in 1973, points towards a cultural basis. Emphasizing this cultural basis, this presentation shows an example of how Aboriginal education concepts can be incorporated in teacher training programs. Integration of Aboriginal education is discussed from an Aboriginal cultural basis with mainstream theory and concepts explained into it rather than using the usual approach of fitting Aboriginal concepts into mainstream theory.


Keywords: Aboriginal Education, Aboriginal Epistemology, Cultural and Spiritual Basis, Left-Right Brain Learners, Multiple Intelligences
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Not Just Adding Aboriginal Contents to a Non-Aboriginal Curriculum


Dr. Norbert W. Witt

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education (Aboriginal Education), University of Regina
Canada

Born in Bavaria (Germany) to Silesian (now Poland) parents. Norbert received his school education in Augsburg (Bavaria) and earned University degrees in Berlin (Fine Arts) and München (History and Englisch Pedagogy). Moving to Canada in 1987 he added an M.A. in Native Studies at Trent University (Peterborough, ON) and a PhD in Curriculum and Learning at the University of Toronto, researching Mushkegowuk (Swampy Cree) education and educational concepts for both degrees. He is presently working at the Faculty of Education of the University of Regina (Saskatchewan), developing courses and modules in Aboriginal Education.

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