Alberta Teachers’ Association Member Thoughts on Aboriginal Content in BEd Programs and K-12 Classrooms

Hello peoples of the internet!

I realize it has been some time since I’ve posted anything. There are some things swirling around in my head, but alas, they are not coherent enough yet for a ‘real’ post. But perhaps they will materialize soon. We can only hope.

Anyway, the point of this particular post is that I have entered the data collection/field work stage of my dissertation (FINALLY).

As such, I need help: I am trying to get at least 435 (or 10%) members of the Alberta Teachers’ Association to take a survey I have written. ATA members, according to the ATA’s definition of such, can be classified into four categories:*

  • Active: teachers employed by an Alberta school board;
  • Associate: superintendents, faculty of education members, teachers at charter schools;
  • Life: retired teachers who were members of the ATA for at least 20 years; or
  • Student: those enrolled in full-time undergraduate Bachelor of Education programs in Alberta.

My research is extremely timely given Alberta Education’s recent announcements that it will a) be providing Professional Development training for teachers “to ensure that all students learn about First Nations, Métis and Inuit history, perspectives and contributions“; and b) engaging in a six-year process to update its Arts, Language Arts (English, French, Français), Mathematics, Social Studies, Sciences, and Wellness subject areas.

Three of the main areas of interest my survey is targeting are as follows: a) Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA) member and BEd student experiences with Aboriginal content in Bachelor of Education degrees, b) how/if Aboriginal content is already being taught in K-12 classrooms, and c) how curriculum and policies (for example, upcoming the Teacher Quality Standard and the School Leadership Standard) are developed.

The survey should take 15-25 minutes, and there is an option to enter a prize draw to win one of two e-copies of Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis & Inuit Issues in Canada by Chelsea Vowel.

In short, I am hoping you, amazing person on the internets, will help me out by either a) sending folks that meet the above criteria my way, or b) send them the link to my Survey Participant Information Letter. Any movement I can get would be helpful: that includes liking and reblogging this post on WordPress, reblogging the Tumblr post, posting either link on your facebook page, tweeting either link, or emailing folks you know that might meet the criteria. If you’re interested in the latter, I can provide you a PDF copy of my Survey Participant Information Letter.

If you have any questions or concerns, or if you would like more information, you can email me at dlorenz[at]ualberta[dot]ca.

Thanks for taking the time to read this, you are awesome!

* The ATA also has an honorary membership category, but there are so few given that title per year (105 total from 1949-2015) that I have excluded it as a category.

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