Educational Poverties in Alaska: Teachers' Perspectives


  • Anne Jones University of Alaska, Southeast
  • Charles Salinas University of Alaska Southeast.


Alaska native, educational poverties, attitudes, diversity, social justice


In this mixed-methods study, we explore deprivations of educational entitlements as an example of poverty.  We include among educational entitlements: appropriate teacher attitudes, appropriate educational materials and instructional strategies, relevant curriculums, and school and classroom structures that support the familial and cultural experiences of the children in them.  Through interviews, surveys, and an examination of participant demographics, we explore Alaska teachers identification of instances of educational deprivations in their classrooms and schools and the relationship between identified deprivations and their personal and professional attitudes toward diversity and social justice.  From the point of view of the Alaska Native teachers in this study, their goal of preparing students to succeed in both their Native and White cultures is made more difficult because of the educational deprivations in their classrooms. This work has implications for many settings, as teachers struggle to keep fidelity with established norms and goals while providing the most appropriate opportunities for their students.

Author Biographies

Anne Jones, University of Alaska, Southeast

Dr. Anne Jones is Assistant Professor on the faculty of the University of Alaska, Southeast School of Education, focusing her research and teaching on developing pre-service teacher cultural consciousness and diversity education for social justice.  Dr. Jones also serves as a Coordinator of the University of Alaska Southeasts Elementary Master of Arts in Teaching Program for Juneau and the Southeast. Prior to her work in Alaska, Dr. Jones taught elementary and middle school students in California and English to adults in Bulgaria and Egypt.

Charles Salinas, University of Alaska Southeast.

Dr. Charles Salinas earned a Ph.D. in Social/Personality Psychology from the University of Californias Riverside campus.  His research interests include intergroup social attitudes and political reasoning.  Dr. Salinas has taught at the American University in Bulgaria and in the California State system.  Dr. Salinas is currently an adjunct instructor and serves as the Assessment Coordinator at the University of Alaska Southeast School of Education.




How to Cite

Jones, A., & Salinas, C. (2013). Educational Poverties in Alaska: Teachers’ Perspectives. Current Issues in Education, 16(1). Retrieved from