ERIC Number: ED066275
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Dec
Reference Count: 0
An Assessment of the Educational Needs of Indian Students in the State of Arizona.
Consulting Services Corp., Seattle, WA.
The objective of the study was to offer general and comprehensive information on American Indian education as it pertains to Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in Arizona. The primary vehicle used for collecting information was the focus interview--a technique used to gather in-depth information on opinions and preferences. The interview sessions included 8-12 participants who were encouraged to comment on all aspects of Indian educational needs. Tape recordings of the interviews with parents, students, and teachers were made by 2 interviewers, both of whom later filled out an interviewer's report form. Findings indicated that there are cultural differences among Indians and non-Indians; that the students suffer from feelings of inferiority; that because school personnel fail to recognize cultural differences and are unable to adapt to the teaching of Indian students, the students are not qualified to face the outside world and drop out; and that school changes tend to be superficial. Standardized scores showed Indian students to be below the standard norms. Based on what was learned from the focus interviews, 19 recommendations were listed for the administration of Title III at the state level and for the educational needs and commensurate project alternatives from the focus interviews. Six underlying needs discovered in the focus interviews were improvement of educator-learner relationships, student self-image, student involvement, educational administration, curriculum structure, and community involvement. (FF)
Publication Type: N/A
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Projects to Advance Creativity in Education.; Arizona State Dept. of Public Instruction, Phoenix.
Authoring Institution: Consulting Services Corp., Seattle, WA.