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Sámi Education

Pigga Keskitalo, Kaarina Määttä and Satu Uusiautti

This book is a pioneering work. It discusses special characteristics of the education of Sámi people, an indigenous people living in Northern Europe. The book provides a comprehensive study of indigenous school research and special features of Sámi education including problems and opportunities that teachers and pupils confront daily. The purpose of this book is to support the realization of indigenous peoples’ education based on their own cultural premises. New, reformative pedagogical models and culturally sensitive teaching arrangements that could enhance Sámi education are the focus of the book. It is aimed at everyone who is interested in indigenous peoples’ educational conditions and is based on the authors’ research cooperation in the field of Sámi education.

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Forewords 5 Publication Details of the Articles 8 A Glance at the Roots of Sámi Education 9 Sámi Research 1. The Prospects of Ethnography at the Sámi School 13 2. Ethical Perspectives on Sámi School Research 29 Special Traits of Sámi Education 3. How do the Sámi Culture and School Culture Converge – or do they? 39 4. Toward the Practical Framework of Sámi Education 47 Sámi Language Teaching 5. A View on Sámi Language Teaching 59 6. The Linguistic Special Features of the Sámi Education 71 7. “Language Immersion Tepee” as a Facilitator of the Sámi Language Learning 79 An Eye to the Future of Sámi Education 8. Making the Dream of a Sámi School Come True: Voices from the Field 83 9. Sámi Pedagogy 95 References 99 Authors 119

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