||MERN Forum #14, Session 4B
||John Hansen and Dr. Richard Julien
||Inner city Aboriginal learners speak on Education
||Summary of the study:
This research examined some of the social, political and cultural challenges that inner city Aboriginal students of low income families have encountered in education. It aims to develop greater awareness of some pervasive themes and experiences that a segment of Aboriginal students between the ages of 15 and 18 have voiced. This study is a humble, but important contribution to the field of education in relation to Aboriginal learners in an inner city environment.
What is the educational experience of inner city Aboriginal learners?
What kinds of pedagogy do these Aboriginal students respond favorably too?
What kinds of obstacles block the academic and personal success of Aboriginal learners?
What can educators do to improve the learning environment of Aboriginal learners in the inner city?
There are many studies that explain why Aboriginals underachieve in education. Such factors include Eurocentric education, systemic racism, class inequality, residential school syndrome, poverty and so on (Adams, 2000; Battiste, 2000; Friere 2000; Smith, 1999; Sellers, 1993). Informed by these studies, this research examines the stories of inner city Aboriginal youth who had attended an educational program.
The study hopes to contribute understanding and discussion on education in relation to low-income situations particularly that of inner city adolescent Aboriginal learners. It offers some practical suggestions as well as theoretical concerns for policy development in respect to pedagogy of the inner city Aboriginal youth.