The role of Native American teachers and administrators working in reservation schools has received little attention from scholars. Utilizing numerous interviews and extensive fieldwork, Terry Huffman shows how they define their roles and judge their achievements. He examines the ways they address the complex issues of cultural identity that affect their students and themselves and how they cope with the pressures of teaching disadvantaged students while meeting the requirements for reservation schools. Personal accounts from the educators enrich the discussion. Their candid comments about their choice of profession; their position as teachers, role models, and social service agents; and the sometimes harsh realities of reservation life offer unique insight into the challenges and rewards of providing an education to Native American students. Huffman also considers the changing role of Native educators as reservation schools prepare their students for the increasing complexities of modern life and society while still transmitting traditional culture. He shows that Native American educators meet daunting challenges with enduring optimism and persistence. The insights these educators offer can serve those in other communities where students navigate a difficult path out of discrimination and poverty.
|Publisher:||University of Nevada Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||3 Months to 18 Years|
About the Author
Terry Huffman is a professor of education at George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon, and the author of several books, including Theoretical Perspectives on American Indian Education: A New Look at Educational Success and the Achievement Gap.
Table of Contents
1 Hope for a Better Tomorrow: Affinitive Educators and Facilitative Educators 11
2 Every Reason to Succeed: Characteristics of the Educators 35
3 Challenges Are Every Day: Prevailing Challenges Facing the Educators 53
4 If I Made a Difference for One: Intrinsic Rewards Serving Reservation Students 78
5 Not Every Child Is the Same: Reservation Schools in the Era of No Child Left Behind 94
6 Spread Like Wildfire: Importance of American Indian Educators 113
7 You Have to Know the Culture: Cultural Identity and Tribal Cultural Education 130
Appendix: Methodology, Theoretical Framework, and Research with Native Peoples 152