Indigenous topics in education

Research – Department of Teacher Education

Indigenous topics in education

This research group looks at Indigenous topics (such as cultures, languages, literatures, histories, politics, societies) in education, and how Indigenous topics are taught by teachers to pupils, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous. It looks at what the curriculum requires of teachers, and how this is interpreted in teaching materials and in the classroom. Furthermore, this research group aims to impart new ideas and materials to teachers, both practicing teachers and those in teacher training programmes.

Members of this research group are currently from a wide variety of sections at ILU (English, Pedagogy, and Norwegian), alongside members working within teacher education in other institutions in Norway and Finland. If you are interested in more information about this group, please email the leader, Helen Margaret Murray.

Current and future activities:

  • Organizing seminars at ILU for students and employees on a variety of topics relating to teaching about Indigenous peoples.
  • Creation and development of open module “Sami Topics in School”, 7.5 student points, starting autumn 2021.
  • Encouraging awareness of and use of the local Sami language, Åarjelsaemien, at ILU.
  • Developing networks and working with other academic institutions in Norway and internationally.
  • Guest speaking at courses and in other learning situations for teachers and students.
  • Development and dissemination of teaching materials and approaches to teaching.
  • Writing and publication of articles relating to representations of Indigenous peoples in teaching materials and in the classroom.
  • Taking part in conferences and organizing panels on Indigenous topics in education.

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