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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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Keskitalo, P., Määttä, K., & Uusiautti, S.. (2011). The prospects of ethnography at the Sámi School. Journal of Studies in Education, 1, 1–30. Keskitalo, P., Määttä, K., & Uusiautti, S. (2012). Ethical perspectives on Sámi School Research. International Journal of Education, 4(4), 267-283. doi: 10.5296/ije.v4i4.2908 Keskitalo, P., & Määttä, K. (2011). How do the Sámi culture and school culture converge - or do they? The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 40, 112-119. doi: 10.1375/ajie.40.112 Keskitalo, P., Määttä, K., & Uusiautti, S. (2011). Toward practical framework of Sámi education. British Journal of Educational Research, 1, 84-106. doi: 10.5296/jse.v1i1.911 Keskitalo, P., & Määttä, K. (2011). The linguistic special features of the Sámi education. Indian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 37, 5-26. Keskitalo, P., Uusiautti, S., & Määttä, K. (2012). In the name of cultural sensi- tivity – A view on Sámi language teaching. Academic Journal of Social Scienc- es, 1(1), 1-9. Määttä, K., Keskitalo, P., & Uusiautti, S. (2013). Making the dream of a Sámi School come true: voices from the field. Journal of Language Teaching and Re- search, 3.

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