ERIC Number: ED223403
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Assessing the Educational Needs of an Indian Community. Occasional Paper Series No. 1.
Vicenti, Loretta; Cordova, R. Rudy
Experiences and events are presented on determining a successful way of conducting an education needs assessment on the Jicarilla Apache reservation in Dulce, New Mexico, using the following process: (1) identifying needs to devise questions on expressed concerns; (2) analyzing data; and (3) developing a program to correct the concern. The objective of the survey was to update current needs assessment and arrive at an assessment reflecting educational needs of the school, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the community. Results of the survey created a Language and Culture Committee in the tribe, which appropriated funds for a community-based program in language instruction and the hiring of a teacher-coordinator and two language teachers. Essential points identified to conduct a successful survey were: informing the community on what was happening; utilizing community people; not extending the purpose of the survey; meeting people at their convenience; and carefully selecting interviewers. Events leading to the development of the 67-question needs assessment survey and compiled data from the 530 responses received are fully describes. The complete survey is appended. (ERB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California State Univ., Los Angeles. Evaluation, Dissemination and Assessment Center.
Identifiers: Jicarilla Apache (Tribe); New Mexico (Dulce)