Title page for ETD etd-134513359611541

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Lockee, Barbara B.
URN etd-134513359611541
Title Development of a Hypermedia Template Using Whole Language Instructional Methods for the Preservation of Native American Languages
Degree PhD
Department Teaching and Learning
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Burton, John K.
Head, J. Thomas
Magliaro, Susan G.
Shrum, Judith L.
Moore, David Michael Committee Chair
  • none
Date of Defense 1996-03-01
Availability unrestricted
This developmental study addresses the

problem of Native American language loss

through the development of a new instructional

model to teach indigenous languages to Native

American learners. Whole language methods

advocated in second language instruction

incorporate observational learning strategies -

strategies which are inherent in the Native

American home, but often ignored in school.

Instructional technology provides a mechanism

for the development of curriculum materials

which reflect appropriate instructional

techniques. A template with embedded whole

language methods to address

culturally-specific learning strategies was

created through the use of hypermedia. The

design, development, and implementation of

the project template is detailed. The thematic

content framework of the template is local

legends about the origins of celestial elements.

A sample product using the Cherokee

language was created from the template and

pilot tested on a reservation in North Carolina.

Pilot test data is discussed, as well as

recommendations for future research in the use

of technology for Native American language

preservation. A Developer's Guide to

Template Modification is appended to support

the adaptation of the template for use with

other Native American languages.

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