ERIC Number: ED043556
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Effect of a Series of Special Lessons on Indian History and Culture Upon the Attitudes of Indian and Non-Indian Students. Final Report.
It was found that Indian and non-Indian children in both off-reservation and on-reservation schools of Maine had little concept of the major role the Indian played in our history, and of his potential in today's society. The traditional elementary school social studies program has given little recognition to the American Indian. In an effort to change the attitudes toward the Indian of Indian and non-Indian children, a series of special lessons were prepared by this project. These lessons emphasized the positive aspects of the Indian, and brought out little known aspects of the contributions of Indians to our art, cultural heritage, and contemporary society. They made use of several media --8mm color and sound film, slide-tape presentations, and some commercial material, and stress involvement on the part of the students. In order to measure the effectiveness of the special lessons, an experiment with a control group and an experimental group was conducted. Pre- and post-testing consisted of a semantic differential, an attitude scale, and a series of open sentence stems. It was found that the lessons did have a positive effect on the attitudes of both Indian and non-Indian children, and that the attitudes of Indian children were most improved indicating improvement in self-concept. (SBE)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Maine State Dept. of Education, Augusta.