Precollege Program in Environmental Studies for Native American Students, July 29-August 9, 1996. Final Report.Report as inadecuate

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Staff and graduate students from the University of Wisconsin (UW) conducted a 2-week workshop in environmental studies for adolescent Native American students and a concurrent teacher's education program entitled "Wetland Perspectives: Ways of Looking at the Landscape." 1996 is the fifth year for the PreCollege program and the second year for the teacher's program. This report addresses only the PreCollege program. Twelve Ojibwa and Oneida students, aged 13-17, participated in the program, and 10 completed the program. Program objectives included providing the opportunity for Native American youth to learn natural and social sciences with an environmental perspective, introducing them to college campuses at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College and UW-Madison, encouraging Native American youth to explore environmental and natural resource careers, and introducing youth from different tribes to each other. The curriculum covered topics and activities related to health, nutrition, healthy diets, ethnobotany, traditional food production, and tribal management of natural resources. The Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College was an active supporter; activities took place at campus facilities and outdoors at various Wisconsin reservations. Student evaluations of the workshop were very positive and gave the highest ratings to activities involving computer use and building a wigwam. Six repeat students participated in a 5-year evaluation of the program. Recommendations for repeating the workshop include enhancing recruitment and selection efforts, developing academic portions of the curriculum, emphasizing rules of conduct, building and expanding contacts, and monitoring program overlap. (Appendices contain the curriculum calendar, list of participants and consultants, student evaluation summary sheet, and 5-year evaluation form.) (SAS)

Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indian Education, American Indians, Cultural Education, Ecology, Environmental Education, Outdoor Education, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Summer Programs, Workshops

Author: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Inst. for Environmental Studies.


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