ERIC Number: ED158901
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Variation in Educational Goals and Preferences, by Tribal Affiliation, of Indian Students from Six Schools in Rural Montana. Research Report 90.
Larson, Wayne L.
Recognizing that there are differences between values and preferences of Indian students from different tribes that should be taken into consideration by educators of Indian children, a survey of Montana Indian high school students was developed and conducted by Indian college students to assess: interests (likes and dislikes) in school; educational aspirations, expectations, plans and influence; behavior and/or preferences related to classes and teachers; and value orientations. A random selection of an equal number of boys and girls from each of the four high school classes from 6 rural schools resulted in 189 completed interviews from 69 Crow, 16 Cheyenne, 20 Arapaho, 10 Flathead, 16 Gros Ventre or Atsina, 24 Assiniboine, 7 Sioux, 4 Blackfeet, 3 other tribes, and 19 unidentified tribes. Findings included: Crow and Assiniboine students cared less for sports while showing a higher preference for academic subjects and had higher educational aspirations and expectations; Gros Ventre and Cheyenne tended to like sports and showed relatively lower educational expectations; mothers played an important role in the educational decision making process for all students. An apparent contradiction between findings was that students from tribes with relatively high educational aspirations and expectations reported low interaction with their counselors and teachers. Tribal differences in values and preferences should be an important consideration for those engaged in teaching Indian students. (RTS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Montana State Univ., Bozeman. Montana Agricultural Experiment Station.
Authoring Institution: Montana State Univ., Bozeman. Dept. of Sociology.
Identifiers: Arapaho (Tribe); Assiniboine (Tribe); Blackfeet (Tribe); Cheyenne (Tribe); Crow (Tribe); Flathead (Tribe); Gros Ventre (Tribe); Sioux (Tribe)