The Legacy of School for Aboriginal People: Education, Oppression, and Emancipation

Paperback | August 21, 2002

byBernard Schissel, Terry Wotherspoon

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Education is expected to assist students in the development of their personal identities and the achievement of social and economic success. Yet the aspirations of Aboriginal students have too often been thwarted by the very structures that are supposed to help them. Combining a researchstudy, an extensive review of literature, and an analysis of current trends, Schissel and Wotherspoon detail the harm done to Aboriginal children and their families--not only in the past, when residential schools explicitly set out to eliminate Aboriginal identities, but also in more recent years,when educational systems designed for the mainstream have relegated First Nations students to the sidelines. The authors find hope for the future in four experimental programs from Saskatchewan, in which severely stressed Aboriginal youth have found self-esteem in educational settings that take intoaccount traditional culture and spiritual teachings, as well as academic achievement. Interviews with Aboriginal students provide an additional depth to the authors' findings.

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Education is expected to assist students in the development of their personal identities and the achievement of social and economic success. Yet the aspirations of Aboriginal students have too often been thwarted by the very structures that are supposed to help them. Combining a researchstudy, an extensive review of literature, and an ...

Bernard Schissel has been a professor at the University of Saskatchewan since 1989. He is the co-author of Social Control in Canada with Linda Mahood (OUP Canada, 1996). He is a contributor to one of the chapters in Youth Crime: Varieties, Theories, and Prevention, edited by Russell Smandych, and another chapter in Youth Justice: His...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:August 21, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780195416640

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AcknowledgementsPreface1. Educational Dreams and Disappointments2. Aboriginal Education in Canada: Issues and Theories3. The Legacy of Residential Schools4. The Voices of Students of Aboriginal Ancestry5. Determinants of Successful Schooling6. Education, Justice, and Community: A Paradigm for Enfranchising Children and YouthAppendix A: Protocol and Researcher Experiences and ReflectionsAppendix B: Interview GuideWeb SitesBibliographyIndex