ERIC Number: ED042527
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jul
Reference Count: 0
The Role of Secondary Education in the Development of Indigenous Leadership in American Indian Communities. Final Report.
Gemberling, Elisabeth; And Others
Junior and senior students from 2 high schools in South Dakota and from 6 high schools in Alaska were studied and compared for leadership potential in their local communities. Some 119 Sioux students and 63 Athapaskan students were interviewed as were principals, guidance counselors, teachers, and area officials (Bureau of Indian Affairs, Public Health Service, and local Indian leaders). In addition, questionnaires were mailed to teachers in the 8 schools under study. The 4 indicators of leadership potential used were leadership aspiration, academic performance, character traits recognizable by peers and teachers, and future plans of students. Sioux students were most often lacking in leadership aspiration, and Athapaskan students lacked leadership plans as reflected by their lack of interest in college or a high-level service occupation. Major recommendations were (1) that Sioux students be exposed to an intensive program of study and guidance to encourage interest and concern for the Pine Ridge Reservation and (2) that Alaskan schools should provide both information about, and support for, college attendance and entry into professional level occupations. (JH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, American Indians, Aspiration, Career Planning, Comparative Analysis, Cultural Background, Educational Experience, High School Students, Leadership Qualities, Student Attitudes
The Librarian, Bureau of Applied Social Research, Columbia University in the City of New York, 605 West 115th Street, New York, N.Y. 10025 ($3.00)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Bureau of Applied Social Research.
Identifiers: Athapascan (Tribe); Sioux (Tribe)