Framing First-Nations Education Policy: Toward Constructing a Coherent Conceptual “Place to Stand”

By Jerald Paquette and Gerald Fallon.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This paper addresses foundational issues of purpose and paradigm in aboriginal education in a way that deals overtly with self-government issues, including claims and counterclaims regarding them that are largely neglected in the aboriginal-education literature. In this paper, the authors have constructed a conceptual “place to stand” for their analysis from several contributions to educational-policy theory generally, and from current discourse and debate on First-Nations identity and self-government, particularly in an educational context. The authors argue that only such paradigmatic grounding can provide a conceptual “place to stand” for useful and coherent critical analysis of past and current policy directions on First-Nations education in Canada and thus provide a space for a dialogue between aboriginal and non-aboriginal groups about future educational policy directions for aboriginal people.

Keywords: Aboriginal Education, Public Policy, Governance

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 9, pp.331-374. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.218MB).

Dr. Jerald Paquette

Professor, Faculty of Education, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

Jerald Paquette is a Professor at the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Ontario. His main research interests are in education finance; minority education policy; First-Nations education; research theory and methods; educational policy and related issues of social purpose; equity and public funding of private education in the Canadian context.

Dr. Gerald Fallon

Adjunct Professor, College of Education, The University of British Columbia, Saskatoon, Canada

Gerald Fallon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia in Canada. His research interests are in educational leadership and policy; legal studies; governance of First-Nations education; and marketization of public education.

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