The experiences of present and former non-aboriginal teachers teaching in an aboriginal school on the north coast of Labrador

Denney, Norma L. (2004) The experiences of present and former non-aboriginal teachers teaching in an aboriginal school on the north coast of Labrador. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

This study describes the life and work experiences of current and former non-aboriginal teachers working in an aboriginal school on the north coast of Labrador. Interviews with present teachers and mailed questionnaires to former teachers provided a rich description of the life and work experiences of non-aboriginal teachers in aboriginal schools. Additional information was provided from field notes compiled in the school during the course of the study. -- The major findings of this study were; a) Non-aboriginal teachers who stay working in aboriginal schools for more than two years do so because of a dedication to and concern for the students they teach; b) Non-aboriginal teachers who are open-minded, responsive to cultural challenges and demonstrate cultural sensitivity, easily adapt to community life; c) Non-aboriginal teachers who leave aboriginal schools and communities after a short period of time, do so for personal and professional reasons; d) the Labrador School Board must provide current and accurate information to prospective teacher candidates regarding aboriginal schools and communities; e) the Labrador School Board must become more proactive in dealing with teacher concerns in aboriginal schools.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/10396
Item ID: 10396
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 182-189.
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 2004
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Newfoundland and Labrador
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Indians of North America--Education--Newfoundland and Labrador --Labrador; Teachers and community--Newfoundland and Labrador--Labrador; Teachers--Newfoundland and Labrador--Labrador.

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