ERIC Number: ED062073
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Oct
Reference Count: 0
A Study of Parental Attitudes and Values Towards Education on the Navajo and Hopi Reservations. Part II, Parental Attitudes [Window Rock].
Biglin, J. E.; And Others
Objectives of this study were (1) to determine the parental attitudes of those parents who reside in the Chinle, Keams Canyon, Kayenta, Ganado, Window Rock, or Tuba City school district toward public education on the Navajo and Hopi reservations in the areas of teachers, curriculum, social behaviors of children, school services, school policies, control of schools, and comparison between types of educational systems on the reservations and (2) to test the significance of differences in attitudes between the parents as a function of educational level, age, social class membership, race, and rural-urban affiliation. Parental attitudes were measured by an instrument (appended to the report) especially designed for this study wherein 23 bilingual, trained interviewers made visitations to the homes of 520 parents, or about 10% of all parents enrolling children in the 6 public school districts participating in this study. Approximately 13% of the parent sample was non-Indian, while 87% was Indian. Each of the 97 items on the questionnaire was analyzed according to educational level, age, social class, race, and rural-urban affiliation. This volume reports the overall results from all 6 districts together and separate results from the Window Rock district. Findings revealed, for example, that the teacher is the most influential single factor affecting the successful educational program and that the parents support the concept of vocational education, desire the teaching of the Navajo or Hopi religion, and prefer that their children attend public school. (LS)
Descriptors: American Indian Reservations, American Indians, Ancillary School Services, Anglo Americans, Cultural Influences, Curriculum, Education, Parent Attitudes, Public Schools, Questionnaires, Research, Rural Urban Differences, School District Autonomy, School Policy, Social Behavior, Social Influences, Tables (Data), Teacher Characteristics, Values
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kayenta Public School District, AZ.
Authoring Institution: Southwestern Behavioral Inst., Flagstaff, AZ.
Identifiers: Hopi (Tribe); Navajo (Nation)