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Subject/Keyword
Early Childhood Education
Image
Plains Cree
Elders
Reggio Emilia
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Akerman, Janine
Supervisor and department
Larry Prochner
Examining committee member and department
Anna Kirova
Makere Stewart-Harawira
Department
Department of Elementary Education
Specialization

Date accepted
2010-03-26T15:12:57Z
Graduation date
2010-06
Degree
Master of Education
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
This study articulates Plains Cree Elders’ and Plains Cree early childhood teachers’ image of the child. The research was carried out in the spirit of the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education—an approach dependent on establishing a locally created image of the child within a cultural context. The data was collected using qualitative and Indigenous research methodologies. According to the Plains Cree Elder participants, learning about the Plains Cree image of the child requires a spiritual and holistic understanding of the child from the moment of conception. The teacher participants hold similar beliefs to the Elders, yet often vacillate between Plains Cree and Westernized images of childhood. For many of the participants, the effects of residential school have been noted as an obstacle, as they strive to draw on the strengths of their traditional Plains Cree teachings when relating to children.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3HW40
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Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of these terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis and, except as herein before provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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