LUCID sparks aboriginal learning

January 7, 2010

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Educators involved in an SFU pilot project in Prince Rupert credit the project with boosting aboriginal children’s learning—and their chances of graduating from high school.

Mark Fettes predicts LUCID (Learning for Understanding through Culturally Inclusive Imaginative Development) will significantly help increase the aboriginal high-school graduation rate in the northern B.C. community.

The current graduation rate for B.C.’s aboriginal students is 47 per cent, compared to 79 per cent for the entire public school population.

LUCID goes beyond textbooks, worksheets and tests, using culturally relevant stories, games and images to spark children’s imaginative thinking about concepts and facts in the K-12 curriculum.

Fettes, an education professor and LUCID director, cites the results of a year-long study of four intermediate classrooms as evidence of the project’s effectiveness.

"Teachers using the LUCID approach in Grades 4 to 7 saw a 10- to 33-per-cent improvement in students’ attendance and improved academic performance," he says.

"They also saw significantly better classroom energy and engagement compared to the same students’ performance in conventional classrooms."

Prince Rupert is one of three B.C. school districts that are adapting SFU education professor Kieran Egan’s imaginative education-based teaching strategies for classrooms with a high aboriginal population.

Fettes says LUCID also helps to bridge the gap between aboriginal and non-aboriginal cultures in schools and strengthens children’s language and collaborative learning skills.


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