ERIC Number: ED221335
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov-12
Reference Count: 0
Communication Reticence of Native Americans in the Classroom: A Reconceptualization and Approach.
Lujan, Philip; And Others
A longitudinal study which focused attention on communication behavior of Native American students and interrelated data from overcultural norms, teacher observations, and student reflections was begun during fall semester of 1977 and continued through 1978-79 academic year at the University of Oklahoma. All subjects were Native American students enrolled in communication or university college courses designed for Native Americans. Data were gathered by instructors recording and discussing patterns of behavior they observed and creating situations in which students could collectively and privately respond to questions and statements about their observed or otherwise alleged behavior. Results are discussed in three sections: the first describes sets of classroom communication behaviors of Native American students observed; the second provides a comparison of classroom behavior with communication behavior in a variety of non-classroom settings; and the final section presents data obtained from administration of the PRCA scale and correlates those results with other findings. Based on the analysis, Native American students are urged to make choices consciously, allowing the student to gain maturity to cope with peer pressure to remain Indian and institutional pressure to adopt Anglo values. For teachers, suggested instructional strategies include: review cultural bases of instructional techniques; utilization of small group techniques; and change of attitude toward Native American students. (ERB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Speech Communication Association (San Antonio, TX, November 12, 1979).