ERIC Number: ED173009
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
A Brief History of Adult Basic Education for Indian Adults as Administered by the Indian Education Section.
It has been recognized for many years that the educational levels of adult American Indians are low (2/3 have not advanced beyond elementary school) and the illiteracy rates are high (1/4 are functionally illiterate). Traditional adult programs have not met the needs of adult Indians who are uncomfortable in "white" classes and who will not attend unless the classes are relevant to Indian adult needs. Since 1973, Indian Adult Basic Education (IABE) has demonstrated its effectiveness in providing educational and teaching services to Minnesota Indian adults in areas of literacy, basic skills, and general education. Over 600 adults have received G.E.D.'s and more than 1,000 have obtained driver's licenses. Both of these tangible results have helped Indians upgrade their employment opportunities, acquire promotions, enter post-secondary programs, and find new and better jobs. To assure continuation of IABE programs for seven Chippewa reservations and four Sioux communities, a proposal for fiscal year 1978 has outlined goals, objectives, procedures, curriculum, counseling, and evaluation procedures. Findings from the Meriam Report (1928) and the U.S. Senate Report on Indian Education (1969) have been compared with the Minnesota State Board of Education Indian Education Hearings (1976) and have been presented as examples of the most extensive analyses of testimonies/surveys of Indian people concerning education. (NEC)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Programs, Adult Reading Programs, American Indian Education, American Indians, Cultural Influences, Educational Finance, Educational Needs, High School Equivalency Programs, Illiteracy, Legislation, Needs, Program Content, Programs, Relevance (Education), State Programs, Tribes
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Minnesota State Dept. of Education, St. Paul. Indian Section.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Not available in paper copy due to marginal legibility of original document