Teaching Native American Youth Essay
Laurie M. Freeman
University of Phoenix
Teaching Native American Youth
` Information literacy and technological literacy are necessary for educators in the constantly changing global world. Scholarship, practice, and leadership are important concepts in teaching Native American/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) youths because these students come from a different cultural background and succeed better with culturally based schooling. Freeman and Fox (2005) said AI/NA students score lower than White peers do in the National Assessment of Educational Progress assessments (As cited by Castagno & Brayboy, 2008, p. 942). Information literacy influences scholarship, practice, and leadership in teaching AI/NA youth …show more content…
Practice in Teaching Indigenous Youth
Teachers are educating larger numbers of minority students and need to be aware of the cultural differences present in the schools and information literacy will aid teachers in understanding different cultures. According to Castagno and Brayboy (2008), “Schools are clearly not meeting the needs of Indigenous students and change is needed if we hope to see greater parity in these (and other) measures of academic achievement” (p. 942). Knowledge gained from information literacy concerning cultural differences in AI/AN youth lets teachers educate students to be more knowledgeable regarding information literacy, this prepares the AI/AN students with the research knowledge and skills for collegiate level classes. “To ensure students’ information competence, it is important to constantly develop faculty information competence, which includes both, the teaching staff information competence development, and the faculty resource base provision and development” (Turusheva, 2009, p. 131). Teaching is also learning and learning is a constant necessity to be current with the changing nature of global information pertaining to teaching theories and methods for minority students.
Leadership in Teaching Indigenous Youth A