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Degree

Master of Education

Program

Education

Supervisor

Carol Beynon

Abstract

THE EFFECTS UPON STUDENTS OF SUPPLEMENTING ABORIGINAL POST-SECONDARY TRANSITION PROGRAMS WITH TRADITIONAL CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

Karen Favell

Department of Education

University of Western Ontario

ABSTRACT

This study investigates Aboriginal student experiences in an Aboriginal transition program that was co-developed by the student-participants. Data was collected from participants in the study through a focus group, journals, and surveys. The results show that adding Aboriginal cultural activities to the curriculum improved the experience of students in the transition program. Students felt that their contributions were important and valued, that they learned more about their traditional culture, and that their contributions enhanced their experience in the program. Allowing Aboriginal students to participate in their own education empowers them and improves their overall educational experience.

Keywords: transition programs, cultural activities, assimilation, traditional knowledge, curriculum development, cultural relevance, Aboriginal perspective, empowerment, social justice

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