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ERIC Number: ED002788
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1958
Pages: 312
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A PROGRAM OF EDUCATION FOR ALASKAN NATIVES.
RAY, CHARLES K.
THE MAJOR OBJECTIVE OF THIS STUDY WAS TO DEVELOP A PROGRAM OF EDUCATION FOR THE NATIVE PEOPLES OF ALASKA (INDIAN AND ESKIMO) WHICH WILL ENCOURAGE AND ENABLE THEM TO PARTICIPATE IN THE LIFE OF ALASKA ON A SELF-SUSTAINING AND SELF-RESPECTING BASIS. THIS STUDY BEGAN WITH AN EXAMINATION OF OFFICIAL MEMORANDUMS, STUDY GUIDES, AND OTHER LITERATURE PERTAINING TO NATIVE EDUCATION WHICH ARE CONTAINED IN THE FILES OF THE TERRITORIAL DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND THE CENTRAL OFFICE OF THE ALASKA NATIVE SERVICE AT JUNEAU. INFORMATION WAS GATHERED BY SAMPLING THE OPINIONS OF NATIVE ADULTS TO IDENTIFY ATTITUDES AND ASPIRATIONS HELD BY PARENTS CONCERNING THE EDUCATION OF THEIR CHILDREN. ADDITIONAL DATA UTILIZED INCLUDED ACHIEVEMENT TEST RESULTS OF NATIVE CHILDREN ATTENDING THE BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS AND TERRITORIAL SCHOOLS, ANTHROPOLOGICAL STUDIES OF ALASKAN NATIVES, AND INTERVIEWS WITH LEADERS, BOTH NATIVE AND OTHER, WHO ARE FAMILIAR WITH EDUCATIONAL PROBLEMS IN ALASKA. THE STUDY INCLUDED EDUCATION ON THREE LEVELS--ELEMENTARY, SECONDARY, AND HIGHER. AN ENORMOUS GAP IN THE EDUCATION AND ECONOMIC WELL-BEING STILL EXISTS BETWEEN NATIVES AND NON-NATIVES. IT WAS CONCLUDED THAT THE IMMEDIATE INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM MUST BE PLANNED TO ACCOUNT FOR THE ENORMOUS DIFFERENCES IN THE BACKGROUNDS, VALUES, AND ORIENTATION OF THE NATIVE STUDENTS. THE LONG-RANGE OBJECTIVES OF THE SCHOOLS MUST BE POINTED TOWARD AN EVENTUAL COMMON EDUCATION FOR ALL. (GC)
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Authoring Institution: Alaska Univ., Fairbanks.
Identifiers: ALASKA