ERIC Number: ED026165
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The American Indian Graduate: After High School, What?
Selinger, Alphonse D.
American Indian students who graduated from high schools in 6 states in 1962 were located to determine experience patterns in the first 6 post high school years. Interviews were conducted with 287 graduates in 13 states. About 70 percent entered post high school academic or training programs which approximately one half completed. Employment was frequently unrelated to training. One half of those interviewed were working for pay or profit, while keeping house and unpaid family jobs were the next highest categories of work. Family size and position in family had some relation to continuance of formal education for females. Education of fathers apparently had no significant effect, but gainful employment of mothers related positively to graduates' post high school plans. The majority of the graduates did not speak an Indian language. Those who participated in school activities tended to enter post-secondary education programs. Many were dissatisfied with their present jobs and felt the need for further education. Indications were that information made available on post high school opportunities was inadequate. Study results suggested that Indians should have direct involvement in the initiation, planning, and execution of educational programs designed to aid in their own development. The questionnaire and interview guide used in the study are appended. (JH)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Indian Affairs (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.