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Reflections of Navajo Culture and Educational Philosophy in Two Fourth-Grade Art Education Classrooms in the Gallup-McKinley School System

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Title: Reflections of Navajo Culture and Educational Philosophy in Two Fourth-Grade Art Education Classrooms in the Gallup-McKinley School System
Author: Pierce, Mara
Advisor(s): Wix, Linney
Committee Member(s): Wix, Linney
Lampela, Laurel
Jiron-Belgarde, Mary
LoRe, Richard
Department: University of New Mexico. Division of Educational Specialties
Subject(s): Navajo
Native American
Art
Education
New Mexico
Gallup
Philosophy
DPE
LC Subject(s): Navajo children--Education--New Mexico
Art--Study and teaching (Elementary)--New Mexico
Degree Level: Masters
Abstract: This project takes a look at the content and the context that is presented to children in two fourth grade public school art classrooms (Gallup-McKinley County Schools district) that primarily serve Dine children. The purpose of this study is to examine the existence and relevancy of the materials delivered in those classrooms, examining how they serve the best interest of those children with respect to their cultural learning philosophies, academic success, and self-awareness as members of the Dine Nation. The project also takes a look at how the children respond to the lessons delivered in those classrooms, particularly how the young Dine students utilize the current delivery methods to create their classroom artwork. Findings can be applied to the building of more effective curricula that speak to improving the educational materials in Navajo-serving public schools that are typically state-run.
Graduation Date: July 2010
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/11116

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