This book will open your mind to the changing experience of schooling, and highlights new and different ways to help those whose needs simply don’t fit into the usual mould.  With contributions from leading academics from Canada, America, the UK, the Netherlands, and Australia, this internationally-minded book helps the reader to reflect on the ways young people are taught, and presents possible alternative approaches. Global social and economic changes and technological developments are driving the need for change within education, so that we can better cater for a diversity of young people. This book offers an overview of where we are now and where we might want to go in the future. 

Learning from Indigenous Education

Learning from Indigenous Education

Learning from indigenous education

We have much to learn from Aboriginal and other indigenous peoples about doing school differently. In this chapter we focus on three features of indigenous education — relationship, respect and responsibility — and consider the implications of those features in light of the overarching themes of the book: identity, pedagogy, and place and time. The chapter:

  • outlines key differences between traditional indigenous approaches to learning and the approaches that are currently dominant in mainstream schooling;
  • suggests some ways in which the schooling experiences of historically marginalized youth can be improved; and
  • explores the role of educational leaders in bringing about such change.

As we have seen in the preceding chapters, most current models of schooling are not structured to meet the needs ...

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