Presentation Details

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

FAS/E Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in Canada's Aboriginal Communities: Implications for Education and Learning

Dr. Wayne Nesbit, Dr David F. Philpott.


Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is a leading cause of mental retardation in the Western world. Its incidence is higher among First Nations peoples. The researchers, who are members of the Faculty of Education at Memorial University, are involved in an ongoing research project focused upon assisting the Innu of Labrador, within a context of self-determination, to assume responsibility for their own education system.
As part of an educational needs assessment, the researchers are examining elements of aboriginal society which have traditionally presented major challenges to First Nations education. This paper will focus on the issue of alcohol consumption during pregnancy and how this impacts upon child development during the school years. The learning and behaviour sequelae of FAS will be presented within a framework of cultural issues which shape the Innu child as learner. Although recognized as a global issue, the deleterious effects of FAS are considered an untoward facet of life in Canada's north.

Presenters

Dr. Wayne Nesbit  (Canada)
Professor
Faculty of Education

Wayne Nesbit is a faculty member in special education at Memorial University, having enjoyed diverse background in education and teacher training and currently active in social and educational issues in Canada's north.


Dr David F. Philpott  (Canada)
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Education
Memorial University

David Philpott is a faculty member in special education at Memorial University, having enjoyed diverse backgrounds in education and teacher training and currently active in issues of inclusion in Canada’s north.

Keywords
  • Educational Issues
  • First Nations Culture
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Learner Diversity
  • Innu



(30 min. Conference Paper, English)