Research on Aboriginal Curriculum in Ontario
Source: Dr. Emily J. Faries
Scope of Research Paper: This research paper will:
- provide an overview of First Nations-specific curriculum,
- identify the curriculum needs, barriers and challenges of First Nations,
- examine examples of First Nations best practices,
- explore cost estimates for curriculum development and
- make recommendations to improve the current situation in the area of First Nations curriculum
Methodology: The methods utilized to gather the data for this research paper include the following:
- A literature review of relevant documents on First Nations curriculum.
- A questionnaire survey was conducted with First Nations schools in Ontario.
- Research on best practices in First Nations curriculum was conducted on national, provincial, regional and local levels; information was collected by telephone, fax and the internet.
- Interviews were carried out with two educators, two youth, and two parents, all of whom are from First Nations communities in Ontario. The interviews were qualitative and open-ended in nature. Participants were asked if they had been received First Nations content teaching in their education.
- A telephone survey of twenty randomly selected provincial high schools in Ontario was conducted. The schools were asked if they offered Native Studies courses, and if they did, they were asked what courses were offered.
Recommendations are proposed based on the data gathered in this research.