About the Stop Talking Handbook
For 10,000 years, Alaska’s Native peoples have survived and thrived in some of the harshest conditions in the world. During that time, they perfected teaching and learning practices that ensured the survival of their communities and the well being of their natural environments. Those ancient practices offer fresh insights for educators who care about the state of our world and seek ways to make education more relevant and engaging.
This book describes a unique higher education project that broke some difficult silences between academic and Native communities by introducing a small group of non-Native faculty members to traditional Alaska Native ways of teaching and learning. It presents a model for a Native-designed and run faculty development intensive, strategies for applying indigenous pedagogies in western learning environments, reflection on education by Alaska Native Elders, and reports from participants on what they learned and what they tried in their classrooms. It is intended to stimulate discussion and reflection about best practices in higher education.
Complete Handbook (pdf)
Chapter 1: Ground Rules
Chapter 2: Indigenizing Education
Chapter 3: Difficult Dialogues
Chapter 4: One Day with Elders on the Land
Chapter 5: Into Our Classrooms
Chapter 6: Assessment
Chapter 7: Pausing for Reflection
References & Recommended Reading