Source: Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat – Ontario Ministry of Education, Pamela Rose Toulouse, Ph. D, Laurentian University
Focus: Teachers and researchers
Summary: A new body of research is beginning to demonstrate that Aboriginal students’ self-esteem is a key factor in their school success. An educational environment that honours the culture, language and world view of the Aboriginal student is critical. Schools need to meaningfully represent and include Aboriginal peoples’ contributions, innovations and inventions. Aboriginal students require a learning environment that honours who they are and where they have come from. These strategies nurture the self-esteem – the positive interconnection between the physical, emotional-mental, intellectual and spiritual realms – of Aboriginal students.
Valuing the Aboriginal Learner: Seven Living Principles
This monograph explores the relationship between Aboriginal students’ self-esteem and educational attainment. The key questions that guide this discussion are:
- What strategies currently work for Aboriginal students, and why are they so important for creating meaningful change?
- What are the day-to-day implications for educators endeavouring to ensure Aboriginal student needs are met?