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ERIC Number: ED044727
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Sep
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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Problems of Indian Children.
Linton, Marigold
Previous approaches to the learning problems of American Indian children are viewed as inadequate. An alternative is suggested which emphasizes the problem solution strategies which these children bring to the school situation. Solutions were analyzed in terms of: (1) their probability; (2) their efficiency at permitting a present problem to be solved; and (3) their usefulness as building blocks for future solutions. It is suggested that Indian children, like all children, have a range of problem solving skills, but that they do not meet these three criteria for the learning which is expected of them when they enter school. What happens to these children, confronted with such a situation, is described. The paper concludes that teachers of children whose solution strategies are inadequate for learning as it is currently structured must focus more on "how" they learn and less on "what" they learn. A balance must be established between changing their solution strategies and changing the schools to permit success for children with currently divergent strategies. (TL)
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Authoring Institution: San Diego State Coll., CA.
Note: Paper presented at the American Psychological Association Convention in Miami Beach, Florida, September 3-8, 1970