Editors Sharon M. Ballard and Alan C. Taylor bridge the gap between research and practice by examining and presenting key strategies for working with diverse populations, including those based on race and ethnicity, family structure, geographic location, and context. By defining 11 diverse groups and presenting their strengths and unique cultural characteristics, the editors present an evidence-based practice approach with each chapter, prescribing the best practices for working with these diverse groups in regard to general family life education (FLE) needs, educator characteristics, ethical considerations, marketing and recruitment, modes of learning, and environmental considerations. This book is essential for students who are preparing to work with families, as well as professionals engaging in FLE activities with diverse populations.
Chapter 7: Family Life Education with American Indian Families
Family Life Education with American Indian Families
We have both worked with American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) people and lived on Indian reservations. Our experiences working with Native people have changed us and affected our lives and who we are as human beings. We have been influenced, challenged, and expanded by these encounters. To work and live in Indian country does not call for you to take on the norms and values of Native people or for them to take on yours. We view these experiences as a two-way street, as a fully human encounter in which you are as likely to be helped and influenced by the Native people you meet as you are to ...