Narrative and Experience in Multicultural Education explores the untapped potential that narrative and experiential approaches have for understanding multicultural issues in education. The research featured in the book reflects an exciting new way of thinking about human experience. The studies focus on the lives of students, teachers, parents, and communities, highlighting experiences seldom discussed in the literature. Most importantly, the work emphasizes the understanding of experience and transforming this understanding into social and educational significance.

White Teachers, Native Students: Rethinking Culture-Based Education

White teachers, Native students: Rethinking culture-based education

Autobiographical Introduction

Troubled by the consistent failure of schools to educate Native Americans and driven by questions of identity and culture, I have been drawn to the culture-based education movement. For the past twelve years I have been working in tribal schools, tribal colleges, and American Indian education programs within public schools. Often I hear people refer to culture-based education as the answer to a multitude of problems. This is a reasonable response, considering the damage inflicted by the boarding school era (1880–1924). In this era of self-determination in American Indian education, many people are turning to schools to help regain what has been lost. Many Native people, including those adopted like myself, ...

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