ERIC Number: ED031362
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jul
Reference Count: 0
The American Indian High School Graduate in the Southwest.
Bass, Willard P.
This study presents the post high school achievements of a representative group of Indian high school graduates in the Southwest in terms of post high school training and employment. Their achievements are indices of the degree to which they have acquired essential skills for employment, social adjustment, and self-fulfillment. A questionnaire and interview guide were used to assess whether or not the graduates (384 interviewed) had entered and completed continuing education programs, and to examine other characteristics of the sample. Three out of four graduates continued academic or vocational programs after high school and, out of those, 2/3 completed their programs. Only 7% of the graduates finished college, while 44% completed vocational-technical programs. At the time of the interview, more than six years from the time of high school graduation, 2/3 of the females and 3/4 of the males investigated were gainfully employed in occupations ranging from clerical and service occupations to craftsman and professional positions. Of those who left continuing education programs, inadequate finances, military service, marriage and pregnancy were cited as the most common reasons. Graduates also answered questions on factors and forces influencing them in high school that encouraged or discouraged continuing education. Overall, it was noted that language problems, rigid curriculums, and cultural differences prevent the Indian from making an even more effective adjustment to modern society. The questionnaire and interview guide used are included in the appendices. A related document is ED 026 195. (RT)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Indian Affairs (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwestern Cooperative Educational Lab., Albuquerque, NM.