ERIC Number: ED022964
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jun
Reference Count: 0
The Effects of Integration on Rural Indian Pupils. Final Report.
Miller, Harold J.
To determine how attending predominantly non-Indian schools affected rural Indian pupils, a study of 12 schools was conducted with specific objectives to: (1) determine differences by type of school attended and sex, (2) isolate and identify cultural conditions related to differences, (3) determine the comparative status of Indian pupils by reservation area, (4) gain insight into the social relationships of Indians with their non-Indian peers, and (5) establish a working background of data for longitudinal studies. Major findings were: (1) There appeared to be a consistent, positive relationship between low cultural, economic, and social levels and low achievement, low intelligence, high alienation, negative attitudes toward school, and low vocational maturity, (2) Integrated Indian pupils appeared to accept the values of the majority non-Indian society to a greater extent than did segregated Indians, and (3) Within each classroom, a segregated situation generally existed. Some educational implications were: (1) Transfer of pupils to integrated schools in Grade 9 may be potentially more harmful than helpful, (2) Grouping classes by achievement, resulting in racial segregation, requires re-examination, and (3) Extensive and inviting adult education programs geared to the needs and problems peculiar to the Indian adult would assist in the transfer of favorable attitudes to the next generation. (DM)
Descriptors: Achievement, American Indians, Cultural Background, Desegregation Effects, Disadvantaged Youth, Grade 9, High School Students, Intelligence, Racial Integration, Racial Segregation, Rural Youth, School Attitudes, Social Bias, Social Relations, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Work Attitudes
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Dakota Univ., Grand Forks.