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ERIC Number: ED170081
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May
Reference Count: 0
Schooling and the American Indian High School Student.
Hopkins, Thomas R.; Reedy, Richard L.
BIA Education Research Bulletin, v6 n2 p5-12 May 1978
American Indian high school students have a number of alternative schools available to them: they may attend public schools, or schools operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, churches, or the tribes themselves. At both elementary and secondary levels Indian students avail themselves of the various alternative schools. One survey indicates that 42 percent of Alaska Native high school students moved at least once during the last three high school years. It appears there is little good about this practice. Having alternative schools easily available may reduce the pressure on the losing school to meet the needs of the student. A troubled student who moves has a reduced chance of anyone ever getting to know him well enough to be of assistance. Mobility then serves to increase the probability that the student's problems will never by treated. Although 83 percent of the students who leave one school re-enroll in another, the overall dropout rate between grades eight and twelve is 40 percent. No data are available on the full extent of mobility, the causes of it, and of its relationship to cognitive achievement and remaining in school until graduation. Longitudinal research that follows one cohort group over time is needed. Until this is done, the information on schooling Indian students will remain in a state of quasi-enlightenment, and hunches will continue to play a major role in decision making. (Author/DS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bureau of Indian Affairs (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC.
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