2008-09 Catalog

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Program Description

Persistence: A Study of Inspired Work

Last Updated: 02/09/2009

Fall, Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: Raul Nakasone education, Native and Latin American studies, David Rutledge education, Native American studies, Yvonne Peterson education, Native American studies

Major areas of study include history of the Americas, political science, ethnography, cultural anthropology, Indigenous studies, research, writing, education and areas of study determined by student research projects.

Class Standing: This all-level program accepts up to 25% freshmen as well as supporting and encouraging those ready for advanced work.

Accepts Winter Enrollment: This program will accept new students who have appropriate background. Contact faculty at Academic Fair or by email. New students should expect to complete some catch-up work during the December break.

Accepts Spring Enrollment: This program will accept new students who have appropriate background. Contact faculty at Academic Fair or by email. New students should expect to complete some catch-up work during the March break.

This Native American studies on-campus program is for students who have a research topic in mind, as well as for those who would like to learn how to do research in a student-centered environment. Individual research will pay special attention to the value of human relationships to the land, to work, to others and to the unknown. Work will be concentrated in cultural studies, human resource development, and ethnographic studies, to include historical and political implications of encounters and cross-cultural communication. We shall explore Native American perspectives and look at issues that are particularly relevant to Indigenous people of the Americas.

The idea of Persistence is part of a 20 year vision consistent with Native American philosophy. Students will be exposed to research methods, ethnographic research and interviewing techniques, writing workshops, computer literacy, library workshops, moving River of Culture Moments to documentary, educational technology and the educational philosophy and psychology that supports this program. We will offer a special series of workshops to support the particular academic needs of first- and second-year students. We will ask students to take a very personal stake in their educational development. Within the program's Persistence theme and subjects, students will pay special attention to what individual and group work they plan on doing, how they plan to learn, how they will know they learned it, and what difference the work will make in their lives and within their communities. Students will be encouraged to assume responsibility for their choices.

Students whose research could be enriched by being immersed in a foreign culture will have the opportunity to live in Peru for five weeks or more during winter quarter. Our access to rural communities on the Peruvian northern coast offers students the opportunity to experience volunteer community work by learning in a safe and healthy pueblo environment. Learning about Latin America through Peru will expand the concept of Native American and Indigenous peoples.

In the fall, participants will state research questions. In late fall and winter, individually and in small study groups, students and faculty will develop the historical background for their chosen questions and do an integrative review of the literature and data collection. Ongoing workshops will allow students to learn the skills for completing their projects. Late winter and into spring quarter, students will write conclusions, wrap up print and non-print projects, and prepare for a public presentation. The last part of spring will be entirely dedicated to presentations.

Depending on their individual projects, students will develop, use and explore some of the following areas: Bloom's Taxonomy, the theory of multiple intelligence, the relationship among curriculum, assessment and instruction, Choice Theory, critical thinking, expectations of an Evergreen graduate and the five foci, quantitative reasoning, self- and group-motivation, and communication (to include dialogue, e-mail, resources on the Web, Web crossing and blogs). They will also develop skills in creating interactive Web pages, blogs and documentaries, as well as movie editing and presentations using PowerPoint.

Credits: 16 per quarter

Enrollment: 72

Internship Possibilities: Fall, winter and spring with faculty approval.

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Special Expenses: $2100 for an optional five week study abroad in Peru in winter 2009. Cost includes international transportation, room and board. A non-refundable deposit of $150.00 is due by September 29, 2008.

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in education, social sciences, the arts, multicultural studies, social work, human services and the humanities.

Planning Units: Programs for Freshmen, Native American and World Indigenous Peoples' Studies, Society, Politics, Behavior and Change

Program Revisions

Date Revision
November 17th, 2008 Winter quarter enrollment details added.
November 25th, 2008 Winter enrollment field utilized.
February 9th, 2009 Spring enrollment field utilized.