ERIC Number: ED042559
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-May
Reference Count: 0
Suburban School Children and American Indians: A Survey of Impressions. The National Study of American Indian Education, Series III, No. 5, Final Report.
Hanson, Lorie; And Others
As a part of a final report of the National Study of American Indian Education, this survey was conducted among 8 elementary schools in Bloomington, Minnesota. The study was concerned primarily with conceptions held by white elementary school children about the American Indians. Secondly, it was hoped that the survey would provide broader insights and would help to solidify attitudes about Indians. Students were asked to write 1-page papers on "What I Know About Indians" to determine the type and quantity of previous experience of any kind that these students had had with American Indians. It was hoped that this approach would allow the students to provide information unaffected by an overly structured instrument. Responses were analyzed in terms of (1) Factual Statements and (2) Attitudes Toward Indians. Some 643 responses were recorded from students in grades 3-6. A great diversity of knowledge about Indians was found. It was felt that the affective and factual pictures of American Indians presented by the students tended to be uncomplimentary and inaccurate and that factual knowledge of American Indians was overgeneralized. In conclusion, suggestions are presented for effective guidelines in the development, employment, and evaluation of Indian cultural and historical materials. (EL)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Training Center for Community Programs.; Chicago Univ., IL.