Editor in Chief, Jerry White and Managing Editor, Susan Wingert
Associate Managing Editor, Nicholas Spence
Policy Commentaries Editor, Nicholas Spence
Policy Research: Good or Bad?
Canada went through a tough discussion in July 2013. It was revealed that between 1942 and 1952 unethical and harmful research was conducted on the Aboriginal population living in a northern town and with children at six residential schools (The Canadian Press, 2013).
Researchers, who were well aware that the adults and children were malnourished and living on starvation diets, chose to use them as subjects for testing theories concerning vitamin and mineral substitutes. This research was done without their informed consent and, even more importantly, there were no steps taken to ensure that the diets were improved. Particularly awful is the fact that children were shown callous disregard and treated as “experiments.” For example, some students had their milk rations reduced by half for up to two years in order to set the “controls” for the experiment and monitoring (Canadian Press, 2013).
The Canadian Minister of Aboriginal Affairs’ office has responded with a statement: “If this is true, this is abhorrent and completely unacceptable” (Canadian Press, 2013, para. 6).
Of course this is abhorrent and unacceptable, but we need to examine why this happened and understand what the implications and lessons are for “policy research” going forward.
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Current Issue: Volume 4, Issue 4 (2013) Educational Pathways of Indigenous Learners
Editors’ Commentary: The Challenges in Improving Indigenous Educational Attainment
Jerry P. White and Julie Peters
Aboriginal Perspectives on Social-Emotional Competence in Early Childhood
Melissa Tremblay, Rebecca Gokiert, Rebecca Georgis, Karen Edwards, and Berna Skrypnek
Supporting Successful Transitions to Post-Secondary Education for Indigenous Students: Lessons from an Institutional Ethnography in Ontario, Canada
Jean-Paul Restoule, Angela Mashford-Pringle, Maya Chacaby, Christine Smillie, Candace Brunette, and Gail Russel
Career Dilemmas among Diné (Navajo) College Graduates: An Exploration of the Dinétah (Navajo Nation) Brain Drain
James McKenzie, Aaron P. Jackson, Robert Yazzie, Steven A. Smith, Amber K. Crotty, Donny Baum, Avery Denny, and Dana Bah'lgai Eldridge
He Manu Hou: The Transition of Māori Students into Māori Studies
Meegan Hall, Arama Rata, and Peter Adds
Aboriginal Knowledge Infusion in Initial Teacher Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto
Angela Mashford-Pringle and Angela G. Nardozi
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Special Issue: Educational Pathways of Indigenous Learners
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