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Learning strategies of Mi'kMaq (Aboriginal) students

McGill University
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  • Learning Strategies.
  • High School Students -- Nova Scotia -- Psychology.
  • Micmac Indians -- Nova Scotia.
  • Design
  • Economics
  • Education


In this qualitative research study, First Nation students in high school participated in an interview study designed to (1) describe how their school experiences related to academic success and (2) to identify learning strategies used to achieve success. Participants described the importance of achieving academic success to ensure future economic security. In their approaches to learning, participants preferred multiple modes of learning. Various types of learning strategies included both visual and verbal methods such as teacher demonstrations, reading, and writing. Motivational influences were also identified as contributing to their educational success which came from a variety of sources such as teachers, parents, peers, and community leaders. Educational success for these Aboriginal students is both multi-dimension and multi-modal. Implication of the research and future direction will be discussed.

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