Teaching Young Children about Native Americans

Debbie Reese

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This paper synthesizes recent research and suggestions concerning ways to teach students about Native American culture and history. Common positive and negative stereotypes are discussed, as are less obvious ways in which Native Americans are often dehumanized in the classroom. Specific suggestions for positive strategies are provided (such as distinguishing between different tribal cultures and discussing the present-day lives of Native Americans), as are practices to avoid. A reading list is included. 

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Debbie Reese. Teaching Young Children about Native Americans (1996). ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education: Champaign, IL. (2 pages).

Sponsoring Agency: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement

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ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education
University of Illinois
51 Gerty Drive
Champaign, IL
61820

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