Sunday, March 1, 2015

Native American Children Learn Differently in Schools. Teachers Must Recognize!

 Native Students Learn Differently!

Schools must recognize that Native American children learn differently!
The results are staggering!  The new generation is still faced with the same educational  issues and the problem is not the Native Community!
Thanks to the “Learning Style Quiz” taken by so many, we have resulted in the conclusions outlined by countless research.
The quiz asked 20 questions in reference to data and research gathered by studies dating back to the 1950’s of actual observations, interviews and Native American schools and communities.  The quiz is open to all cultural backgrounds and therefore, provides a comparison to the different types of learning results.  The more points scored determines the learning style of many Native Americans and is included in years of research.  The highest possible score is 200. 
So far, 70% of test takers are of Native American communities, 20% at least 2 or more grandparents of Native communities and 10% of non-Native communities.  Even with this ratio, the total scores for all questions were in the high 180’s.  The 10% non-Native results were under 50!
The statement below from: The Learning Styles of Native American Students and Implications for Classroom Practice Melanie Price, Michael Kallam, and John Love Southeastern Oklahoma State University must be addressed further.
”It is apparent that many teachers do not have an understanding of the degree to which culture affects learning. Many teachers are not able to identify the learning style differences and to employ culturally responsive techniques to address the needs of diverse populations. Often teachers view differences in approach to learning as problems inherent in the students. They may be noticed as oppositional and defiant, inattentive, and under-motivated (Kallam, Hoernicke, & Coser, 1994). In order to help students learn, teachers need to adapt their teaching to support a variety of learning styles (St. Charles & Costantino, 2000).”

We are still conducting the test and ask that you please participate!

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