We are all cultural beings; products of the values, norms, beliefs and worldviews of our culture and experiences. Our philosophies of education are extensions of our culture and worldview. These philosophies subtly and overtly inform our teaching practice as well as the content that is selected for classroom coverage and the context in which information is framed. Whether we realize it or not, our view of the world impacts what we value, what we uphold as ideal, what we talk about, what we strive for, and what we believe is important to teach in class.
No academic subject is devoid of cultural connections. All knowledge is generated from a particular culture at a particular time and place. Some educators may take the stance that subjects such as math and science are based in facts, figures, and are culturally neutral. However, the contemporary study of math and science has evolved from the contributions of many cultures over many years. Just as literary studies, political philosophies, and musical genres have been informed by many cultures, practitioners, and beliefs, so have science and mathematics (Reinhardt & Maday, 2005).
How can you respect Native American values and incorporate them into your classroom? Consider how your teaching currently reflects the values of the dominant culture and what strategies you could employ to be more inclusive of other values. In classrooms with a mix of Native American students and students from other cultures, it may be beneficial to combine values to show respect for everyone.
NA 3.2 Incorporating Native American Values
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Keep these values and strategies in mind as you continue this course. You may return to review your answers at any time.
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Review the following list of Super Strategies that reflect Native American values. Choose three strategies from this list to incorporate into your pedagogy.
List any additional comments, ideas, or reflections you have on how you can incorporate Native American values into your pedagogy.
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