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ERIC Number: ED015818
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 27
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NEW APPROACH TO INDIAN EDUCATION.
BRYDE, JOHN F.
RECENT RESEARCH INDICATES THAT THE EXCESSIVE NATIONAL INDIAN DROPOUT RATE IS NOT WHOLLY ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE VALUE CONFLICT CREATED WHEN INDIAN YOUTH ENTER THE AMERICAN EDUCATION SYSTEM, BUT IS ALSO RELATED TO THE IDENTIFICATION PROBLEM EXPERIENCED BY THESE YOUNGSTERS. THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS RESEARCH WAS TO DETERMINE THE POSSIBLE CAUSES OF WHAT IS KNOWN AS THE CROSS-OVER PHENOMENON (AFTER SATISFACTORY ACHIEVEMENT FOR A TIME, A REVERSAL OCCURS AND A STEADY DECLINE IS SHOWN) IN THE EDUCATIONAL PERFORMANCE OF OGLALA SIOUX INDIAN STUDENTS. A TOTAL OF 415 INDIAN AND 223 WHITE STUDENTS FROM EIGHTH, NINTH, AND TWELFTH GRADES WERE INCLUDED IN THIS STUDY. ACHIEVEMENT RECORDS FOR THE INDIAN GROUP REVEALED PERFORMANCE ABOVE THE NATIONAL NORMS ON THE CALIFORNIA ACHIEVEMENT TEST FROM THE FOURTH GRADE TO THE SIXTH GRADE. AT THIS POINT (7TH GRADE) THE INDIAN STUDENTS SUDDENLY BEGIN TO FALL BEHIND IN ACHIEVEMENT. IT WAS HYPOTHESIZED THAT PSYCHOLOGICAL CONFLICT DURING THE PERIOD OF ADOLESCENCE CAUSES PERSONALITY PROBLEMS WHICH BLOCK EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT. CONSEQUENTLY, THE MINNESOTA MULTIPHASIC PERSONALITY INVENTORY WAS ADMINISTERED TO YOUNGSTERS IN BOTH GROUPS DISCLOSING PSYCHOLOGICAL CONFLICT AMONG MANY OF THE INDIAN YOUTH WHO WERE EXPERIENCING ACHIEVEMENT DIFFICULTIES. AS A RESULT OF THIS RESEARCH, A NEW COURSE CALLED ACCULTURATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY HAS BEEN DEVELOPED FOR USE WITH INDIAN YOUTH. (ES)
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