ERIC Number: ED052880
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Nature of Teacher-Community Contact in Schools Serving Southwest Indian Children. American Indian Education Papers, No. 2.
Knight, Margaret E.
Previous school-community research in American Indian communities has demonstrated that "isolation" or lack of communication between school staff and community parents has contributed to the failure of educating American Indian children. To validate this research in the Southwest, a diary indicating the out-of-school activities was requested from teachers interviewed during the 1968-69 school year as part of the National Study of American Indian Education. Each teacher was requested to anonymously account for his or her out-of-school activities over a 15-day period. Approximately 20% of the teachers returned a diary (20 diaries). Of a total of 439 recorded events outside of school time, 126 (or 29%) involved Indian people. Of this number, 74 (or 17%) were school-connected events and 52 (or 12%) were nonschool-connected. A "typical" school would show percentages of 24%, 17%, and 6% for the same categories. Remedies suggested in the report included a unified staff approach, recreational activities for both teachers and parents, and "T" grouping to improve teacher-community contact. (LS)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona Univ., Tucson. Dept. of Anthropology.
Identifiers: United States (Southwest)