ERIC Number: ED344857
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Bicultural Education among Indian Americans.
For many people in the United States it is necessary and valuable to learn to live biculturally. This is specifically true of Native Americans, because they are one large group of peoples who desire to maintain their own identity, values, and cultural norms rather than be assimilated into the melting pot of America. In order to understand the complexity of bicultural education as seen from the perspective of American Indians, it is necessary to look at how education in America works and does not work for Indian students. This paper reviews the cultural differences between Indians and non-Indians, presents a brief summary of the history and political interaction between the Indian and non-Indian worlds, and reports on the development of various approaches to and trends in Indian education. It examines the Indian world view, spiritual views, sociological world view, economic system, and political world view. A discussion of Indian education explains the relationship of the Bureau of Indian Affairs with Indian peoples. Current trends in Indian education indicate that educators are demonstrating an increased awareness of the needs of children from other cultures. There are many programs designed specifically to educate Indian adults to become teachers of their own children. The paper concludes with a case study of a successful Indian teacher education program on the Navajo reservation in Arizona. (SM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Bureau of Indian Affairs; Native Americans; Navajo Reservation
Note: In: Proceedings of the National Forum of the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education (4th, Milwaukee, WI, November 9-11, 1990); see SP 033 711.