ERIC Number: ED201430
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Culturally Relevant Training of American Indian Educational Researchers.
LaFromboise, Teresa D.; Plake, Barbara S.
American Indian participation in educational research suffers from minimal involvement of tribal people in the research effort, the obtrusive role of researchers, controversies over the content of published research, and inadequate preparation of researchers sensitive to American Indian community needs. Existing supplementary training methods to overcome research barriers include regional research centers, institutions for educational research, and workshops. A method of curriculum integration in the mainstream of graduate education, utilizing non-traditional content and research methodologies relevant to researchers of Indian communities is needed. Implementation of a two-dimensional grid for curriculum integration, using the American Indian family subject area, verifies the efficacy of regional research centers which house data bases designed by ethnic researchers. The White Cloud Institute data base provides the greatest amount of pertinent information about the subject, followed by ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center). Annotated bibliographies for selected topics can be easily prepared after the material has been systematically categorized. A state-of-the-art assessment can be conducted by evaluating existing research from the standpoint of research methodology, generalizability, and authenticity. The grid also exposes areas which need further research. Three resulting bibliographies on the American Indian family are appended. (CM)
Descriptors: American Indian Studies, American Indians, Cultural Education, Curriculum Development, Data Collection, Educational Researchers, Family (Sociological Unit), Graduate Study, Higher Education, Integrated Curriculum, Relevance (Education), Research and Development Centers, Research Methodology, Research Problems, Social Behavior, Training Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 1981).