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World Indigenous Studies in Education (WISE)

Researching Aboriginal Education

Braiding Histories: Learning from Aboriginal Peoples' Experiences and Perspectives:

Available online and in print (E78.C2 D55 2009). This book proposes a new pedagogy for addressing Aboriginal subject material, shifting the focus from an essentializing or "othering" exploration of the attributes of Aboriginal peoples to a focus on historical experiences that inform our understanding of contemporary relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples.

Reflecting on the process of writing a series of stories, Dion takes up questions of (re)presenting the lived experiences of Aboriginal people in the service of pedagogy. Investigating what happened when the stories were taken up in history classrooms, she illustrates how our investments in particular identities structure how we hear and what we are "willing to know."

Braiding Histories illuminates the challenges of speaking/listening and writing/reading across cultural boundaries as an Aboriginal person to communicate Aboriginal experience through education. It will be useful to teachers and students of educational and Native studies and will appeal to readers seeking a better understanding of colonialism and Aboriginal--non-Aboriginal relations.

Research Methodologies

Research Process and Study Design

  • Research as resistance : critical, indigenous and anti-oppressive approaches / edited by Leslie Brown and Susan Strega. (2005): H62 .R424 2005. Presents ontological and epistomological considerations in such research and incorporates examples from a range of methodologies including institutional ethnography, narrative autobiography, storytelling and Indigenous research, and participatory action research.
  • A concise introduction to mixed methods research / John W. Creswell, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. (2015): H62 .C69618 2015
  • Conducting research literature reviews : from the internet to paper(2014): Q180.55.M4 F56 2014
  • Understanding research : a consumer's guide / Vicki L. Plano Clark, John W. Creswell (2015):  Q180.55.M4 P58 2015
  • How to complete a successful research project (2014): LB1047.3 .M44 2014
  • Research foundations : how do we know what we know? (2014): H62 .W665 2014
    How to mentally frame research in a way that is understandable and approachable while also discussing some of the more specific issues that will aid the reader in understanding the options available when pursuing their research.
  • Research methodology : a step-by-step guide for beginners / Ranjit Kumar. (2014):  Q180.55.M4 K86 2014
  • An applied reference guide to research designs : quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods (2013): H62 .E327 2013

Aboriginal Curriculum

See the Aboriginal Teacher Education Guide for more

Getting to know Turtle Island: Incorporating First Nation, MeĢtis and Inuit perspectives K-8. 2011. This book was written by the Limestone District School Board under the leadership of Kevin Reed, Aboriginal Consultant to the LDSB, with a team of K-8 teachers. It is an integrated aboriginal curriculum and includes provincial learning expectations, suggested teaching strategies, resources (some websites and other print materials), and summative tasks. Freely available to anyone in the world.

Meyer, N. (2011). Selecting diverse resources of Native American perspective for the curriculum center: Children's literature, leveled readers, and social studies curriculumEducation Libraries, 34(1), 23-32.

Aboriginal perspectives into the teaching and learning of science education

Examples of practices for integrating Aboriginal culture into curriculum

Learning indigenous science from place

Integrating Aboriginal perspectives into curricula

New: Style Guide

Elements of Indigenous Style : A Guide for Writing By and About Indigenous Peoples / Gregory Younging.

Education Library -- Books

PN147.Y68 2018