Learning and teaching together : weaving indigenous ways of knowing into education

Tanaka, Michele T. D., 1959- author

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  • Creator Michele T.D. Tanaka
  • Format Books
  • Publication Vancouver ; Toronto : UBC Press, [2016] ©2016
  • Physical Details
    • xxi, 236 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 9780774829519, 0774829516, 9780774830867, 9780774829533, 9780774829540, 0774830867, 0774829532, 0774829540
  • OCLC ocn956556429


  • "Across Canada, teachers unfamiliar with Aboriginal approaches to learning are seeking ways to respectfully weave Aboriginal content into their lessons. This book introduces an indigenist approach to education. It recounts how pre-service teachers immersed in a crosscultural course in British Columbia began to practise Indigenous ways of knowing. Working alongside Indigenous wisdom keepers, they transformed earth fibres into a mural and, in the process, their own ideas about learning and teaching. By revealing how these students worked to integrate Indigenous ways of knowing into their practice, this book opens a path for teachers to nurture indigenist crosscultural understanding in their classrooms."--


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 212-224) and index.


  • Orienting to place and pedagogical purpose -- Opening oneself to indigenous ways of being-knowing-doing -- Rethinking learner-teacher relationships -- Invoking good intention and conscious action -- Focusing on how and why we teach -- Trusting learners and remembering wholeness -- Coming together in safe enough spaces -- Continuing reflection towards sustainability -- Preparing self and community for dispositional change -- Indigenizing practice amid classroom challenges -- Re-envisioning (teacher) education -- Touchstones for future teaching
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