Michele T.D.Tanaka is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria.
Her book, Learning and Teaching Together: Weaving Indigenous Ways of Knowing into Education (UBC 2016) introduces an indigenist approach to education. It seeks to provide solutions to teachers across Canada who are unfamiliar with Aboriginal approaches to learning and are seeking ways to respectfully weave Aboriginal content into their lessons. This book recounts how pre-service teachers immersed in a crosscultural course in British Columbia began to practise Indigenous ways of knowing. Working alongside Indigenous wisdom keepers, they transformed earth fibres into a mural and, in the process, their own ideas about learning and teaching. By revealing how these students worked to integrate Indigenous ways of knowing into their practice, this book opens a path for teachers to nurture indigenist crosscultural understanding in their classrooms.
Learning and Teaching Together: Weaving Indigenous Ways of Knowing into Education Hardcover (UBC 2016) $95978-0774829519