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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25669

Title: Culturally Relevant Teaching in Rural Communities: An Ethnographic Case Study of three International Volunteer Teachers in Ecuador
Authors: Rao, Julia Anne
Advisor: Niyozov, Sarfaroz
Department: Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
Keywords: culturally relevant teaching
indigenous education
comparative international and development education
international aid education
education for all
cross-cultural teaching
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2011
Abstract: This thesis explores how three international volunteers taught in rural Indigenous communities in Ecuador. It positions this exploration in the complexities and dilemmas of International aid education (IAE) projects and cross-cultural volunteer teaching. The study uses literature on anti-colonial theories, Indigenous knowledges and culturally relevant teaching (CRT) as a conceptual framework to understanding IVTs perceptions of and approaches towards cross-cultural teaching and its relationship with Indigenous students’ lived experiences. Onsite observations and interviews with international volunteer teachers’ (IVTs) and discussions with local teachers and volunteer program director are used in a cross-comparative analysis, which examines how their teaching was sensitive to and reflective of these Indigenous peoples’ ways of knowing and learning. The findings show that the three IVTs varied greatly in their understanding and enactment of CRT. The thesis concludes by exploring the implications of IAE and sets out recommendations for creating more culturally relevant education for Indigenous students.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25669
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