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Slide 1-- Welcome, I want to thank you all for coming to this portfolio presentation on Inuit Youth and Dropout. This presentation comes out of my effort to complete a Masters of Education degree in Teaching and Learning from the U of C since the fall of 1997 MEd process via distance education . completed 10 courses dealing with a wide variety of topics. I was given the opportunity to explore the issue of Inuit dropout from a variety of perspectives.

I selected this topic because I feel that it is a real need in education of the north. The topic was chosen out of frustration originally. Even with community high schools in place, the dropout problem is still prevalent. I realise that there is no single solution to the problem. We need to look for alternative solutions.

Capstone project is a web-based portfolio or collection of work on Inuit Dropout collection of over 20 different papers and assignments relating to this topic. It is a synthesis or bringing together of this work in the exploration into the dropout phenomena. It attempts to look at the dropout issue from a variety of perspectives; each stakeholder is represented: student, parent, teacher, school leader, community and government members.

Slide #2 - The portfolio makes an effort to do a number of things -- see objectives listed in slide.

Non-Native perspective: At this point it is important to: acknowledge the immense gap between my culture and the culture of the Inuit people whom I am trying to understand. I know that my findings are seen through non-Native, southerner eyes and that is something I can not change. I acknowledge that I will never be Inuit no matter how long I live in an Inuit community; my thoughts and experiences will always be clouded by my non-Native upbringing and understanding. Our cultural differences are so great that I will never fully understand what it means to be an Inuit youth living in the twenty-first century. Despite this obvious drawback to my investigation into the dropout phenomena, I hope that I can bring to light some of the more prominent issues at stake for Inuit youth. It is my hope that this work will be welcomed by the Inuit people and be helpful in the educational development of Inuit youth in todayŐs world.

Definition of terms -- dropout the term dropout refers to any student over the age of 16 who decides to leave school before graduation for any reason includes students who leave school for another program (training etc) or for work.

Slide #3- The portfolio is divided into five sections to try to capture a picture of Inuit dropout situation.
Slide #4 - I wanted to get a full picture of Inuit dropout by looking at the issue from a number of perspectives. These are the stakeholders who are impacted by Inuit dropout. - goal to look at perspectives (teacher, student, school leader, parents, community) All must work together to improve situation. The interaction and relationships between these stakeholders fit together like a puzzle where all pieces are important.

Section #1 -- Why Do Inuit Students Dropout?

 

Slide #5 Brainstorming activity - 1 minute -- LetŐs explore your own ideas on dropout.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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