ERIC Number: ED047875
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Dec
Reference Count: 0
How Indian Students and Parents Evaluate Their Schools; Perceptions of Indian Education. The National Study of American Indian Education, Series IV, No. 11, Final Report.
Birchard, Bruce A.
As a part of the Final Report of the National Study of American Indian Education, this document reported on Indian students' and parents' perceptions of the educational system in their communities, as well as on the observations of 150 Indian and non-Indian community leaders. Results of the various scales indicated that few of the 27 schools studied were heavily criticized by the students and parents; 9 of the 27 schools drew favorable responses from the students in terms of the school responding to student needs. It was noted that the more acculturated students had a better basis for evaluating their schools, while most Indian parents had a poor basis for critically evaluating their schools compared with college-educated middle- and upper-class Americans. The majority of the 700 adults interviewed, like most Americans, accepted the schools that served them as being adequate or good. The strongest criticisms of schools for Indians were voiced by community leaders and other influential people. It was felt that the short time-span given to the study and concealmeant of negative feelings by the Indians (when talking to strangers) might have contributed to the lack of criticism in many of the Indian communities. (EL)
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Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Chicago Univ., IL.