ERIC Number: ED204088
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-1
Reference Count: 0
Indian Educational Research in a Large Urban School District: A Conceptual Point of View.
Christensen, Rosemary; Witthuhn, Jan
In order to design programs that will work well with Indian students, the Indian Education Section of the urban Minneapolis Public Schools is seeking accurate data about its 1,800 American Indian students through a conceptual research model that focuses on demographics, background and socialization variables, and school performance. Among the district's five on-going long-range research projects are the Successful Child project and the Indian Drop-Out project. A study of 72 successful urban Indian students, the Successful Child project is attempting to determine patterns of internal and external support structures, world view, and success strategies, in order to determine how, when, and for whom the district should provide support structures. The Indian Drop-Out project is studying 124 Indian students in grades 4, 6, 8, and 10 to determine whether excessive absenteeism can be understood in the context of youthful problem-behavior. The following service programs are provided for Indian students: math and reading tutors, home visits from social worker aides, a chemical dependency specialist, a reading improvement pilot program, a gifted and talented program, and a 6-week summer school. The research projects face the same barriers that impede service delivery in the schools: funding, staffing, and a mobile population. (SB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, American Indian Education, American Indians, Cultural Background, Demography, Dropout Research, Educational Administration, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Models, Research Problems, Research Projects, Student Characteristics, Urban American Indians, Urban Schools
Not available separately; see RC 012 804.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Minneapolis Public Schools MN
Note: Paper presented at the "Indian Participation in Educational Research" conference sponsored by the National Institute of Education (Washington, DC, April 1-3, 1981).