Culture-Based Education: Lessons from Indigenous Education in the U.S.

Navin Kumar Singh, Mariella M. Espinoza-Herold


Cultured–based pedagogy has been positively related to students’ socio-emotional well-being, civic engagement, school motivation and higher academic outcomes, particularly with culturally- diverse students is concerned. This paper examines the benefits of culture-based education in the context of indigenous education in the United States as well as in communities in Southeast Asia. It also demonstrates the possibilities that may arise when communities are able to guide the education of their children and ensure meaning to their lives.

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