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ERIC Number: ED173051
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
Indian Career Education: The Mississippi Choctaw Experience.
BIA Education Research Bulletin, v7 n2 May 1979
The Choctaw Career Education Program, established in 1975 to serve grades K-12 in six BIA-operated Choctaw schools, is an attempt to provide a long-term solution to the problem of limited occupational and career choices for Mississippi Choctaw students. The two-component program is supported by a Career Resource Center. The K-8 component develops self- and career awareness at the elementary grades and explores various career clusters at the junior high level. Aided by two career curriculum specialists, teachers have integrated career education into nearly every elementary and junior high class. Generally, teachers at that level have a positive view of career education and of the program. The high school component consists of career counseling for students, especially upperclassmen, several times per year. Counseling deals with self-concept, values clarification, objective decision making, and goal formulation. Despite many problems, the program is accomplishing its aims. Noticeable impact is expected in the next three to six years. However, the program cannot compensate for poor academic preparation or lack of academic skills. Therefore, Indian education should be culturally pluralistic so that Indian students can function in both cultures. School curriculum should be measurable and learning for the "real world" should be essential in secondary education. (SB)
Descriptors: American Indian Education, American Indian Reservations, American Indians, Career Awareness, Career Choice, Career Education, Career Opportunities, Counseling, Elementary Secondary Education, High School Students, Program Descriptions, Resource Centers, Role Models, Rural Education, Tribes
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Indian Affairs (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Bureau of Indian Affairs; Choctaw (Tribe); Mississippi