ERIC Number: ED030514
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-May
Reference Count: 0
Education-Related Preferences and Characteristics of College-Aspiring Urban Indian Teenagers: A Preliminary Report.
Harkins, Arthur M.; Woods, Richard G.
A specially designed questionnaire was given to teenage urban Indians at a dance held for them in Minneapolis to determine the number who were "College Aspirants" (CA) or "Non-College Aspirants" (NCA) along with their preferences and characteristics. It was found that out of 135 usable responses, 95 were interested in attending a university (CA). In the CA group there were slightly more females, age ranged from 12 to 19 with median age at 14, and better than half were in the 7th, 8th or 9th grades. This group showed a strong interest in learning more about their tribal language (mostly Chippewa), history, and culture. Attitudes about school, influences of teachers, relatives, and friends, and vocational and college preferences for both the CA and NCA groups were compared. The conclusions included that: (1) a substantial number of students had positive orientation towards college and efforts should be made to recruit them; (2) courses at the universities should include Indian studies; and (3) because of the shortage of Indian teachers, more efforts should be made to communicate to Indian students the opportunities and potentialities of teaching as a career. Tables of statistics and questionnaire responses are appended. (RH)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Training Center for Community Programs.
Identifiers: Chippewa (Tribe); Minnesota (Minneapolis)