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Indigenous Adult Language Revitalization and Education

Author(s): Kaarina Määttä, Erika Katjaana Sarivaara, Satu Uusiautti

Book Description

Indigenous languages are endangered and questions of revitalization are topical in today’s climate. This book deals with adult education and the topic of adults reclaiming their ancestral language. The themes addressed here cover indigeneity, and identification with, and membership in, indigenous groups on an individual level. The volume contemplates the preconditions of belonging to an indigenous people and the definitions of indigeneity.

It also contains discussions of indigenous research, and provides new perspectives on methods suitable for recording indigenous people’s voices and experiences. The text uses the Sámi people in Finland as the example, focusing on political identity and indigenous Sámi status.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-3475-9
ISBN-10: 1-5275-3475-8
Date of Publication: 01/08/2019
Pages / Size: 135 / A5
Price: £58.99


Erika Katjaana Sarivaara, PhD, is currently working as a Sámi Language and Culture Lecturer in Teacher Education at the University of Lapland, Finland. She has also conducted postdoctoral projects on the Inari Sámi language at the same institution. Her research interests are indigenous research, Sámi education, cultural identity, indigenous education, and critical Sámi research and revitalization. Her publications include The Core Questions of Sámi Pedagogy (2014).

Kaarina Määttä, PhD, is Professor of Educational Psychology and Vice-rector at the University of Lapland, Finland. Her research interests are human relationships and love, teacher training and education, university pedagogy and supervision, and indigenous research. Her publications include The Psychology of Study Success in Universities (2018).

Satu Uusiautti, PhD, is Professor of Education at the University of Lapland, Finland. Her research interests are positive psychology and human strengths, happiness, success, and well-being in diverse educational and work contexts. Her publications include The Basics of Caring Research (2016), and Critical Eye on Education (2015).