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Yatta Kanu

Yatta Kanu majored in History and English at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, from where she graduated with a B.A. and a Diploma in Education. She taught History and English for twelve years at the Methodist Boys' High School before pursuing graduate studies in Education (M.Ed., Sierra Leone), Social Studies (Leeds, UK), Applied English Linguistics (Birmingham, UK), and Curriculum Studies (Ph.D., Alberta, Canada). She has taught in Sierra Leone, Pakistan, and USA. She now teaches courses in curriculum studies, history, social studies, and action research in the Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba.

Integrating Aboriginal Perspectives into the School Curriculum: Purposes, Possibilities, and Challenges
Yatta Kanu
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;

From improved critical thinking to increased self-esteem and school retention, teachers and students have noted many benefits to bringing Aboriginal viewpoints into public school classrooms. In Integrating Aboriginal Perspectives Into the School Curriculum, Yatta Kanu provides the first comprehensive study of how these frameworks can be effectively implemented to maximize Indigenous students' engagement, learning, and academic achievement.

Based on six years of empirical research, Kanu offers insights from youths, instructors, and school administrators, highlighting specific elements that make a difference in achieving positive educational outcomes. Drawing on a wide range of disciplines, from cognitive psychology to civics, her findings are widely applicable across both pedagogical subjects and diverse cultural groups.

Kanu combines theoretical analysis and practical recommendations to emphasize the need for fresh thinking and creative experimentation in developing curricula and policy. Amidst global calls to increase school success for Indigenous students, this work is a timely and valuable addition to the literature on Aboriginal education.

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