Culturally Sustaining and Revitalizing Pedagogies: Language, Culture, and Power Vol: 29

Cathy Coulter
University of Alaska, USA

Margarita Jimenez-Silva
Arizona State University, USA

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06 Jun 2017
Emerald Publishing Limited
320 pages - 152 x 229mm
Advances in Research on Teaching


Today’s schools compartmentalize children and curriculum. Standardization dictates curricular content and assessment, narrowing the focus of classrooms and schools that serve diverse populations from varied geographical backgrounds. Against the backdrop of the western-derived, institutional framework of schooling are cultural ways of knowing that are place-based, holistic, experiential, and connected to oral storytelling. In the current movement toward acknowledging and understanding cultural knowledge, teacher education programs need to work in collaboration with cultural communities, honoring traditions and epistemologies and seeking to revitalize and sustain (Paris, 2012) language and culture. Such initiatives inform the big picture of educational reform and enrich mainstream university teacher education programs. This book highlights the journeys, challenges and unfolding stories of transformation that reside within university/community/school partnerships focused on cultural and linguistic revitalization through schooling.
Education researchers and practitioners describe how they are using classrooms not just to accommodate diverse cultures and languages but to preserve and revitalize cultures and languages that are under threat from a dominant culture. Considering in turn power, culture, and language, they discuss such topics as critical ancestral computing for the protection of Mother Earth, voices from the community: the past embraced, teach what you know: cultivating culturally sustainable practices in pre-service Alaska native teachers, and writing from the threads of our lives: stories from a bilingual family writing project.

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