Theme 1: Supporting Teachers for Diversity and Inclusion in the Classroom including consideration of language and identity issues
Theme 1 explores how teachers might be supported for diversity and inclusion in their classroom. There are common challenges across school systems in the north including the preparation, recruitment, ongoing support and retention of teachers who are effective in the rich ethnic, cultural and linguistic diversity of classrooms in these communities. High teacher turnover is a perennial problem in the north, especially in rural areas and is strongly correlated with lower student achievement.
Session chair: Mhairi Beaton, Leeds Beckett University
The session includes one-slide presentations by following researchers and discussion.
Kalpana Vijayavarathan: Supporting teachers to tackle diversity and facilitate inclusion in the classroom from the perspectives of Iceland and The Faroe Islands (with a recognition to co-author Edda Óskarsdóttir)
Mhairi C. Beaton, Hanna Helander and Pigga Keskitalo: Indigenous and Minority Languages: A Comparative Study focusing on the Sami and Scottish Gaelic
Olga Kagan: Personal and ethnic identity in representatives of the indigenous small-numbered peoples of the Russian Far North – the Saami and the Nenets (with a recognition to co-authors Natalia Flostkaya, Svetlana Bulanova, Maria Ponomareva, Nikolay Flotskiy)
Anne Burke and Benjamin Boison: Collaborative Pedagogies Seeking and Finding Truth within Indigenous Children’s Literature (with a recognition to co-author Deborah Toope)
Douglas Cost: The tundra doesn’t grow trees or teachers: Solving the teacher supply crisis in Rural Alaska (with a recognition to co-author Diane Hirshberg)
Kalpana Vijayavarathan: Through education to equity in identity and inclusion for immigrant children: document analysis of the status quo in The Faroe Islands
Ylva Jannok Nutti: Sámi Teacher Education or Teacher Education for Sámi students? Pedagogical pathways towards definition and implementation of Indigenous Education for equality and justice in the Arctic region