Making the Dream of a Sámi School Come True: Voices from the Field

Kaarina Määttä, Pigga Keskitalo, Satu Uusiautti
2013 Journal of Language Teaching and Research  
The de velopment of the S ámi's own schooling system has been hindered by the history of assimilation, colonialism, and power relations. In Finland, there is no model of an independent S ámi S chool that is based on the S ámi culture. In this article, opinions of the experts of S ámi education (N=64) on the model of a possible S ámi S chool and its core obstacles and methods of development are introduced. The data were collected through individual writings and group discussions. S ámi education
more » ... ns. S ámi education should hold a more auto nomous position and it should have a special S ámi curriculum where the S ámi language would have a central role. The macro level of education should be developed so that sovereign S ámi education could be realized. An attitudinal change is also called for in order to perceive the importance and special nature of Sámi education. A model of a S ámi drum that strengthens the position of S ámi education is introduced as the conclusion. Index Terms-S ámi education, S ámi pedagogy, cultural sensitivity in education, S ámi teachers, indigenous culture, indigenous teachers
doi:10.4304/jltr.4.3.443-453 fatcat:adhbaqeb7ndxrjfolvurzhzdaq