ERIC Number: ED168803
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Indian Students B. Ed. Program--How the University of New Brunswick Responded to the Needs of the Indian Community.
Owston, Ronald D.
In the fall of 1977 a four year project was initiated to assist a group of Micmac and Maliseet Indians to earn the Bachelor of Education degree and become eligible for teacher certification. The 41 participants were teacher's aides who wished to be upgraded to classroom teachers. To allow students to maintain their full time jobs, an on-campus, off-campus format was developed. During each of the two regular terms students attended two three week on-campus sessions, each of which was followed by a five week off-campus session. New material was introduced by course instructors during the on-campus sessions while the period away allowed time for special projects, group tutorial sessions, follow up work, etc. Roughly equivalent academic standards and course content were maintained; common assignments and tests were given whenever practical. During the six week summer session the Indian students were integrated with the general student population in arts/education courses. By September, 1978, nine students had withdrawn from the program, only one of which was forced to leave because of low academic standing. Even though less than half of the Indian students had completed high school, their mean cumulative grade point average was slightly higher than that of the regular education program. This progress report on the first year of the program's operation concludes with a number of recommendations for persons establishing similar programs. (Author/DS)
Descriptors: Adult Education, American Indian Education, Canada Natives, College Programs, College Students, Educational Programs, Elementary School Teachers, Higher Education, Nontraditional Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Rural Areas, Teacher Aides, Teacher Education, Training
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Maliseet (Tribe); Micmac (Tribe); University of New Brunswick (Canada)
Note: Paper presented at the Atlantic Education Association Conference (November 2-4, 1978)