ERIC Number: ED237278
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jun-30
Reference Count: 0
The Cultural Instruction Component of Title IV, Part A Programs in Public Schools. Monograph 2.
Reimer, John; And Others
Second in a series, the monograph presents detailed evaluation data on the cultural instruction component of the Indian Education Act Part A program and assesses its impact and relevancy for staff, faculty, students, parents, and Indian community members. Of 74 sampled projects employing culturally related instruction, 96% used multitribal topics and activities and all served Indian people. Although the projects represented the first cultural instruction for most participating schools, some became part of the regular program. Most project coordinators reported helpful, responsive districts and schools; most used school facilities for eight types of activities among which creative arts and crafts were most frequently taught and most well received. However, respondents thought only 11% of the projects were well balanced in terms of topics taught. The majority of all respondents thought the public schools should teach culturally related topics to build self-confidence, provide a broader understanding of Indians, and teach appreciation of Indians as part of American life. The projects affected the curriculum and classroom practices of 46% of the teachers. All respondents indicated that Indian students had benefitted from cultural instruction by increasing knowledge and appreciation of their culture and pride in themselves. Elementary students were more impressed by the projects than secondary students. (SB)
Descriptors: Administrators, American Indian Education, American Indian History, American Indian Languages, American Indian Literature, American Indians, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Background, Cultural Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Handicrafts, Opinions, Parent School Relationship, Program Effectiveness, Public Schools, Relevance (Education), School Community Relationship, School Districts, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Office of Planning, Budget, and Evaluation.
Authoring Institution: Development Associates, Inc., Arlington, VA.
Identifiers: Indian Education Act 1972 Title IV
Note: For related documents, see RC 014 449-452.