ERIC Number: ED045281
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Cognitive Strengths of Eskimos and Implications for Education.
The study suggested (1) that Eskimos possess unusual cognitive strengths which are rarely recognized and (2) that these talents may reflect high intellectual abilities in such areas as perceptual analysis and image memory. It was noted that the performances of Eskimos on measures of these cognitive abilities approximate and in some instances exceed norms for the United States. It was also noted that, in some cases, Eskimo students have surpassed urban Caucasian students in ability to recall complex structured images. The study pointed to the early explorers of Alaska who recognized the skill and ability of Eskimos to analyze spatial relationships or to recall complex patterns through structured mental images. Studies cited in the document substantiate that these unusual talents are possessed by the Natives of Alaska. It is believed that these cognitive strengths should enable the Natives to make significant contributions in areas such as map-making, spelling, or mechanics. With advanced training, Native talents could apply in other fields. (EL)
Descriptors: Ability, Abstract Reasoning, Achievement, American Indians, Cognitive Ability, Cross Cultural Studies, Educational Development, Eskimos, Expectation, Intelligence, Language, Perception, Performance, Schools, Whites
Institute of Social, Economic and Government Research, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska ($1.00)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Div. of Higher Education Research.
Authoring Institution: Alaska Univ., Fairbanks. Inst. of Social, Economic, and Government Research.