ERIC Number: ED253378
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
The Johnson O'Malley Program in the Public Schools of Washington State: Recent Directions in Indian Curricular Practice.
Landon, Craig Louis
Utilizing data from 31 applications for financial assistance from Johnson-O'Malley (JOM) Indian Education Fund for the 1980-81 school year, the study examined the influence of Indian Parent Advisory Committees (PACs) over school curricula and activities supported by JOM funds in Washington State. Applications were surveyed for information relating to Indian community goals, broad educational goals, and specific program activities intended to meet or support the goals. Priority Weighted Valuations (PWVs), developed by taking the product of reported priority of a goal or activity multiplied by the frequency of its appearance in the applications, were summed for each goal or activity to provide ordinal measures of its "importance." PAC expressions of curricular concerns and actual school program attempts to meet those concerns were compared. Findings indicated that: PACs expressed 17 broad educational goals, while program activities fell into 15 categories of services; improved academic achievement, the major concern of both parents and schools, appeared well-matched by school activity; counseling services, the second highest ranked activity, addressed several goals, yet was valued much lower by parents when improved counseling services were considered as a goal; and the matches and mismatches suggested a lack of coherence in planning JOM projects in numerous districts and programs. (NQA)
Descriptors: Advisory Committees, American Indian Education, American Indians, Cooperative Planning, Educational Objectives, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Programs, Improvement Programs, Parent School Relationship, Participative Decision Making, Policy Formation, Public Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Washington Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Olympia.
Identifiers: Johnson O Malley Act; Parent Advisory Committees; Washington