Presentation Details

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

Identity Origins of Indigenous People: Learning in the Cultural Environment: Integration of Research-Based Course Content with a Field Trip to Historic Mound Builder Cultures in the southern United States

Susan Frusher, Michael Wayne Jackson.

This workshop focuses on a collaborative field trip with undergraduate and graduate university students and faculty members that integrated research-based course content with a on-site visit to three historic Mississippian Mound Builder cultures in the southern United States, thus providing a tangible learning opportunity in the cultural environment.

The team-teaching instructional approach incorporated student research with the authentic learning activity, a field trip to sites in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee, that helped to facilitate understanding of the identity origins of the United States indigenous Southeastern Woodlands tribes. Outcomes of changing the learning site to integrate the authentic cultural environment included knowledge of identity origins and inadvertently the repatriation process. Prior to the on-site visitations, students, many of whom were first-nations people, studied the indigenous cultures and environment.

This workshop will concentrate on course content, instructional models, learning techniques, and issues related to repatriation. A documentary video, a product of the field experiences, will be shown to workshop participants.


Susan Frusher  (United States)
Professor of Education
Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership College of Education
Northeastern State University

Susan Frusher, PhD has been in education for 25 years. Experiences include teaching in Mexico, collaborative projects with the Cherokee Nation, and research aboard a warship. She is a published author, grant recipient and a self-described "multimedia artist." Research interests include diversity, human development, learning styles.

Michael Wayne Jackson  (United States)
Director, Institutional Research and Assessment
Office of the Provost
Oklahoma City University

Michael Wayne Jackson holds a B.S., M.S., and is a doctoral candidate. Jackson worked at Northeastern State University for over 12 years, before leaving for Oklahoma City University in January 2003. His responsibilities and experiences include strategic planning; development of system-wide assessment programs; and management of institutional research functions. His research interests include sociometry, ethnography, and assessment studies.

  • Learning in and about Cultural Environments
  • Historic Mississippian Mound Builder cultures

(60 min. Workshop, English)