The socio -cultural ramifications of technology -rich educational environments within the context of Iñupiat Eskimo learners in a remote Alaskan Arctic community: An exploratory case study
This is an ethnographic case study—conducted at a remote, resource-rich Inupiat Eskimo community in Arctic Alaska—that (a) examines the rapid development of technology-rich K–12 school environments in this community as part of broader socio-economic changes that have followed the relatively recent influx of abundant oil revenues into the regional economy; and (b) documents the impact of the Western product and process technologies embodied by these schools upon the socio-cultural consciousness of the native Inupiat students they seek to serve. This documentation involves conducting in-depth personal interviews, participant observations, and analysis of artifacts, with a view towards exploring how the meanings of technology use are being negotiated between Western teachers and administrators on the one hand, and Inupiat students on the other. The two distinct aspects to this negotiation that the study addresses include. (a) the attempts of the former to reconcile their practices with the values, standards, and expectations of Inupiat students; and (b) the efforts of the latter to culturally appropriate the non-indigenous technologies being made available to them.
0340: Educational sociology
0282: Bilingual education
0282: Multicultural education