ERIC Number: ED201437
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
Eskimo School on the Andreafsky: A Study of Effective Bicultural Education. Praeger Studies in Ethnographic Perspectives on American Education.
Kleinfeld, Judith Smilg
Written as part of a series of ethnographic studies, this book is a case study of a Catholic boarding high school for Alaskan Eskimos from remote villages undergoing rapid change. Six chapters appraise the bicultural educational principles employed at St. Mary's: (1) a profile of the students as effective bicultural people; (2) the relationship between students and staff; (3) educational aims and methods used at St. Mary's; (4) values and ideals of the students; (5) student selection policies; and (6) the model used at the school for bilingual and bicultural education. The study concludes that: St. Mary's is highly effective in cross-cultural education and produces graduates with skills and communication style needed for access to the opportunities of majority culture; its graduates succeed in college much more frequently than comparable Eskimo students, but learning skills which enable them to function well in the majority culture does not cut them off from the culture of their home villages, where they are noteworthy for quiet village leadership. An epilogue discusses problems encountered by the school and possible alternatives for its continued existence. Four appendices present statistics on characteristics of students, staff, and graduates, and the research methods used. (JD)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Alaska Natives, American Indian Education, American Indians, Biculturalism, Bilingualism, Boarding Schools, Catholic Schools, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Influences, Educational Environment, Eskimos, Ethnography, Multicultural Education, Outcomes of Education, Private Education, Secondary Education, Self Esteem, Sociocultural Patterns, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Values Education
Praeger Publishers, Div. of Holt, Rinehart, and Winston/CBS Inc., 383 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010 ($22.95).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Books
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; Alaska Univ., Anchorage. Inst. of Social and Economic Research.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Alaska; Saint Marys High School AK