Assessing Student Awareness of Indigenous Peoples Project

Assessing Student Awareness of Indigenous Peoples Project

Assessing Student Awareness of Indigenous Peoples Project

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ObjectivesA woman embracing a student at her graduation ceremony.

This research has four parts, each linked to a key objective:

1) Analyze provincial school curricula and texts from K-12 and incorporate recent research into Indigenous content in these jurisdictions into our analysis. Aim: to analyze what pre-university and college learning is mandated across Canada.

2) Working with specialists of First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures, current events, governance, geography and history, Indigenous and non-Indigenous educators, administrators, and students, develop a questionnaire including a test of student knowledge and a series of questions about students’ education, attitudes and demographics for each educational jurisdiction. Aim: to develop the best possible validated test of important knowledge. 

3) Using this questionnaire, survey all first-year students (proxy for K-12 learning) and fourth-year students at partner universities and colleges. Aim: to measure what school, college, and university students have learned against the co-designed test and the provincial curriculum and explore the obstacles to their learning.

4) Disseminate findings widely through consultations with First Nations, Métis and Inuit organizations, Ministries of Education, university and college administrations and the media. Aim: to influence research and policy in educational institutions and in national and community news venues.