Challenges, as perceived by teachers, to integrating Aboriginal content
Aboriginal students are not succeeding at the same rate as their non-Aboriginal counterparts. An approach to address this concern is to increase Aboriginal content, as it will positively affect Aboriginal student achievement. A quantitative study was conducted, surveying 87 teachers to elicit perceived challenges to integrating this content into the B.C. curriculum. The teachers were of varying grade levels and years of teaching experience. Lack of Aboriginal resources and lack of knowledge of Aboriginal cultures were the challenges reported. Results suggest a need for a shared vision of Aboriginal student success. In addition, teachers require strategic professional learning in the area of Aboriginal content and perspectives in order to effectively deliver the content.