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Indigenous learner

  • By: Louise Lockard
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Indigenous learners are members of sovereign nations, speakers of heritage languages, and members of diverse cultural groups. Indigenous learners include Australian aborigines, New Zealand Māoris, American Indians, and Alaska Natives as well as members of nearly 5,000 different indigenous groups from around the world. The field of curriculum studies recognizes indigenous learners as culturally and politically situated members of sovereign nations and diverse culture groups. Curriculum studies explores the relationship between school programs and the society and culture in which the school is located. Although the majority of these nearly 6 million indigenous peoples retain languages, social customs, economies, and spiritual beliefs and although individual indigenous learners demonstrate preferred learning styles, there is no single adequate description of the indigenous learner and no one way ...

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