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Cross-Cultural Issues in

Alaskan Education Vol. I

PART II
EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ISSUES

It is self-evident to anyone capable of seeing beyond the confines of the little spheres within which we spin out our lives, that the day is rapidly approaching when it will no longer be viable for the minority of the world’s population who don’t live in villages to make every major decision affecting the lives of the majority who do. So any program of village education which intends to be forerunner of a revised world order must, as its first priority, design a delivery system premised on local decision-making.
- Bill Vaudrin

Educational concerns are not the exclusive domain of the teacher or the “educator,” but are the province of anyone who has responsibility for any facet of the human experience. It should come as no surprise then, when people desire to exercise some influence over the educational processes that affect their lives. But it should also be recognized that local participation in decision-making does not automatically lead to improved programs or services, unless such participation can introduce new ideas and options and can lead to a sense of commitment and concern for the outcomes.
Educational development is an activity that extends beyond the school to nearly all agencies and organizations providing services to people in the State, including the Native corporations established under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, as indicated by Gaffney’s article. Opportunities for local participation in, and responsibility for the development of educational services in Alaska has increased dramatically over the past few years, and the following articles are intended to enhance that movement.

Economic and Educational Development in Rural Alaska: A Human Resources Approach-Mike Gaffney
Communicating and Integrating Locally Acceptable Change in Alaskan Villages-Steve Grubis
Administrative Influences in Alaskan Native Education-Ray Barnhardt

 

 

 

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