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Learning and Teaching Together

Weaving Indigenous Ways of Knowing into Education

by (author) Michele T.D. Tanaka

UBC Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2016
Multicultural Education, Philosophy & Social Aspects, Native American Studies
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    Publish Date
    Nov 2016
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Mar 2016
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2017
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Across Canada, teachers unfamiliar with Aboriginal approaches to learning are seeking ways to respectfully weave Aboriginal content into their lessons. This book introduces an indigenist approach to education. It recounts how pre-service teachers immersed in a crosscultural course in British Columbia began to practise Indigenous ways of knowing. Working alongside Indigenous wisdom keepers, they transformed earth fibres into a mural and, in the process, their own ideas about learning and teaching. By revealing how they worked to integrate Indigenous ways of knowing into their practice, this book opens a path for teachers to nurture indigenist crosscultural understanding in their classrooms.

About the author

Contributor Notes

Michele T.D. Tanaka is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria. She is grateful to live and work on the beautiful lands of the traditional Coast Salish territory of the Lkwungen, Esquimalt, and WASANEC peoples. Her research and teaching interests have been shaped by over ten years in the classroom, in a variety of educational settings.

Editorial Reviews

… Indigenous educators and allies will find this text inspirational, hopeful, and useful.

Great Plains Research

This book is essential reading for teachers, teacher educators, and anyone interested in indigenous education, social justice, and transformative learning. It also provides important insights and guidance to educational policymakers… [Learning and Teaching Together] is highly recommended.

Pacific Northwest Quarterly, Volume 109, Number 2

Teachers in British Columbia and throughout Canada who struggle with how to enact curriculum changes that incorporate Indigenous knowledge, history, and identity will find this book illuminating … in spite of the seemingly overwhelming challenges in making a space for Indigenous thought and experience, it can and must be done. The transformation has been happening and is continuing.

BC Studies, no. 196, Winter 2017/18