Indigenous Education/Child Welfare: Laws, Policies, Lived Experience
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This program prepares learners to work effectively in institutions that have historically viewed Indians and their cultures as deficient and tried to force them into the mainstream. Learners will research the laws and policies of Indian Education and Indian Child Welfare in North America from treaty time to present and select a topic for in depth coverage. The learner-centered environment will provide an opportunity for students to experience research methods, ethnographic research and interviewing techniques, writing workshops, introduction to Indigenous arts, computer literacy and educational technology, and learn to develop inquiry-based curriculum.
Individual research projects will pay special attention to storymaking by looking at Indian individuals attempting to make a difference in times of political encounters with laws meant to destroy Indian culture. Ethnographic studies will include historical and political implications of encounters, and cross-cultural communication. Learners will explore perspectives and issues that are particularly relevant to Indigenous people of North America.
Learners will meet Indian educators and social workers, attend thematic conferences on the topic, and travel to several Indian reservations. They will explore personal culture and identity through writing and recording their own cultural framework. Transferable cross-cultural and identity skills will be emphasized. Students will examine their own identity, values and life histories as a basis for understanding what they bring to a cross-cultural encounter and how it affects their practice as social workers and educators. They will read related books and articles of their choosing.
Fall quarter will highlight history, political science, a comparison of Indian education and Indian child welfare of North American to other countries, writing, and an introduction to service learning and independent projects. Winter quarter will identify best practices of Indian education and Indian Child Welfare, cross-cultural communication, and issues facing Indian Tribes across the political spectrum. Spring quarter will include an option to complete an in-program internship, job shadow, observe practitioners in education or social work, assist Indian para-professionals at local public schools, and/or attend conferences. Each quarter students will complete a 4 credit independent project, be introduced to Indigenous art, complete a series of journaling exercises, and discuss in seminar.
This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:
social work, K-12 education, tribal administration, social sciences, multicultural studies and human services.
Credits per quarter
- No Required Online Learning - No access to web tools required. Any web tools provided are optional.
$100 per quarter for art supplies for the Indigenous Art workshop. Products produced belong to the student.
Class Size: 50
25% Reserved for Freshmen
Located in: Olympia