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Widening the Circle: Culturally Relevant Pedagogy for American Indian Children


reviewed by James Bruggeman — 2004

coverTitle: Widening the Circle: Culturally Relevant Pedagogy for American Indian Children
Author(s): Beverly J. Klug, Patricia T. Whitfield
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 0415935113, Pages: 224, Year: 2002
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Many American Indian students fail school because much of schooling fails them.  In any given year during the past decade, 25% to 60% of all Indian students dropped out or failed to graduate from high school.  Something is amiss in the schools and classrooms in which American Indian students are enrolled.  In their book, Widening the Circle; Culturally Relevant Pedagogy for American Indian Children, Beverly J. Klug and Patricia T. Whitfield advance both a diagnosis and a set of remedies for what is wrong in the teaching of American Indian children.  The book’s intended audiences are pre-service as well as practicing teachers who teach or intend to teach in schools with significant enrollments of Indian students, whether on Indian reservations or in urban settings.  The authors anchor their recommendations for improving the teaching of Indian students on their reading of a massive body of opinion and research relating to multicultural education, personal correspondence and interviews with skilled practitioners, and their own observations of pre-service teachers in classrooms... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 5, 2004, p. 911-916
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11221, Date Accessed: 10/17/2017 2:03:56 AM

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  • James Bruggeman
    Bozeman (MT) Public School District #7
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    Jim Bruggeman is the Principal of Irving Elementary School, (Bozeman Public School District #7) Bozeman, MT, and the Federal Project Director for Bozeman Public School’s Title VII – Indian Education Project. He has just completed service as co-principal investigator for the Keystone Project, a six-year National Science Foundation training project for Montana science teachers, including teachers who serve on the Northern Cheyenne, Crow, Fort Belknap, and Blackfoot Reservations. Recently, Jim, in collaboration with the History Department of Montana State University, wrote and received a $1 million Teaching American History Grant from the U.S. Department of Education for the purposes of training K-12 teachers in history content and pedagogy. He also serves as co-director for this project. Jim’s research interests are in the area of ethno-history.
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