ERIC Number: ED200386
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Educational Offerings and Areas of Need for Public Instructional Services to American Indian Students in Wisconsin as Reported by Local School District Administrators and Parents of Indian Students: Final Report of the Wisconsin Indian Education Needs Assessment.
Philbrick, Roger B.; And Others
An Indian education needs assessment conducted in Wisconsin had two components, the first a survey of school district administrators (or their assistants) via a four-part questionnaire, and the second a survey of parents or guardians in 20 Indian communities via questionnaires orally administered by trained personnel. Out of a total of 438 questionnaires sent to 436 public school and 2 private Indian school administrators, 305 (70%) were returned and represented a total of 5,533 Indian students. Findings are discussed in terms of four objectives: (1) to create a statewide awareness of the need for American Indian language and culture programs, (2) to stimulate local school districts to develop educational programs, (3) to show how school districts have responded to perceived needs, and (4) to involve the Indian community in the development of programs. Two case studies compare the perceptions of school authorities and of Indian parents in an urban and in a non-reservation rural school district as to the four objectives. Overall, the findings indicate that administrator awareness of the need for American Indian bilingual bicultural programs is very low because of the way they view Indian students, while parents rate bilingual programs and cultural offerings for their children as the greatest area of unmet need. (AN)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, American Indian Education, American Indian Languages, American Indians, Bilingual Education, Case Studies, Cultural Awareness, Educational Assessment, Educational Development, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Field Interviews, Multicultural Education, Needs Assessment, Parent Attitudes, Questionnaires, Rural Urban Differences, School Community Relationship, School Districts, State Surveys
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison.
Identifiers: Limited English Speaking; Wisconsin
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