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INUIT PERCEPTIONS OF LEARNING AND FORMAL EDUCATION IN THE CANADIAN ARCTIC

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dc.contributor.advisor Pearce, Tristan
dc.contributor.advisor Bradshaw, Benjamin
dc.contributor.author Lalonde, Geneviève
dc.date.accessioned 2017-04-27T16:16:48Z
dc.date.available 2017-04-27T16:16:48Z
dc.date.copyright 2017-04
dc.date.created 2017-03-30
dc.date.issued 2017-04-27
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/10330
dc.description.abstract There is a longstanding desire among some Inuit and northern educators to better integrate Inuit culture and modes of learning in education. At present, efforts to include Inuit culture in education can be described as ad hoc or add-ons to a Euro-North American schooling system, which puts many Inuit in internal conflict trying to live according to two value systems that in some ways are contradictory. This thesis reports on research conducted with Inuit in the western Canadian Arctic to examine what aspects of culture and modes of learning Inuit desire to have included in education, beyond those identified a priori by non-Inuit educators. A conceptual framework for the cultural negotiation of Indigenous education is empirically applied in a case study of Ulukhaktok, NWT to identify what Inuit think Inuit youth should learn, how they should learn it, where they should learn it and from whom, and why it is important for them to learn it. Data were collected using semi-structured interviews (n=31), free-lists and participant observation. Findings show that Inuit desire to have native languages, subsistence knowledge, skills and values, and understanding of the local environment included in education, which not only builds competence in subsistence but also provides students with capacity to cope with challenges in the modern world. This involves on-the-land hands-on learning with a skilled person and practical everyday use of native languages in learning. Inuit perceive school as a place for “learning” and the research identifies opportunities to negotiate this space to better integrate Inuit culture and modes of learning. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Northern Scientific Training Program (NSTP), IK-Adapt en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/ca/ *
dc.subject Indigenous en_US
dc.subject Traditional Knowledge (TK) en_US
dc.subject learning en_US
dc.subject school en_US
dc.subject culture-based curriculum en_US
dc.subject Inuit en_US
dc.subject Inuvialuit en_US
dc.title INUIT PERCEPTIONS OF LEARNING AND FORMAL EDUCATION IN THE CANADIAN ARCTIC en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Geography en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Arts en_US
dc.degree.department Department of Geography en_US
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