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Supporting aboriginal students in special education for high school completion
Rebecca Ariel (author)Tina Fraser (Thesis advisor)University of Northern British Columbia College of Arts, Social, and Health Sciences (Degree granting institution)Linda O'Neill (Committee member)
Master of Education (MEd)
Aboriginal education in Canada is in need of reform. Research suggests that Aboriginal students are less likely than non-Aboriginal students to graduate from high school. This study identifies specific and relevant supports that are needed for Aboriginal students in Northern British Columbia to complete high school. Recognition of rights of Aboriginal people to implement their own education systems and use Elders as teachers of traditional knowledge is essential so that more languages and cultural traditions do not become extinct. Placement of students in appropriate programs based on ability, not on perceived inability may also lead to increased success in the education system and society as a whole. Self-esteem will increase, potential income may increase, and overall health and lifestyle may be positively affected as well. ...
Northern British Columbia