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ERIC Number: ED228018
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Feb
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Native American Studies in the Laboratory School Curriculum.
Kersey, Harry A., Jr.; And Others
A study was undertaken to determine students' attitudes toward Native Americans before and after they took the Native American studies course developed through an ESEA Title IV-C Curriculum Development Grant by the Alexander D. Henderson University School (ADHUS), a laboratory school on the campus of Florida Atlantic University. To comply with federal guidelines, Boca Raton Academy was invited to participate in the study. Eighth grade classes at both schools were targeted for the study. To gauge any shifts in students toward Native Americans after having taken the course, a pre- and post-test instrument was administered to 127 students at the ADHUS and Boca Raton Academy. Questions were formulated and paired to elicit student responses to five major issues in contemporary Native American life, such as freedom of Native Americans to live where they please, rights and responsibilities of citizenship, stereotypes of Native Americans, etc. Faculty and staff conclusions and recommendations included the following: the data on attitude shifts were inconsistent and not always in the direction expected; the subject matter depicting both historical and contemporary Indian life styles in Florida was of high interest to middle school youth; and the question remained, what is the appropriate position for the Indian cultures course within the social studies curriculum. (AH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Florida