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ERIC Number: ED048960
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Sep
Pages: 177
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School Administrators' Perceptions of Problems Arising from the Integration of Indian and Non-Indian Children in Publicly Supported Schools in Saskatchewan.
Schalm, Philip
The purpose of the study was to identify and examine the problems which school administrators (110 principals and 31 superintendents) perceived to arise from Saskatchewan's integrated education program for Indian students. Methodology used in the study was that of interviewing and sending out questionnaires. Data obtained were analyzed using one-way analysis of variance. Problems identified included truancy, dropout, language difficulty, age-grade dichotomy, low academic motivation among Indian children, poor communication between school and Indian home, and curriculum bias toward middle-class values and, more often, toward middle-class life experiences. As noted, few administrators believed that Indian children felt alienated from school society. Principals were more disturbed than superintendents by problems which arose in day-to-day school operations, and superintendents were more disturbed by the living conditions in Indian homes, teacher attitudes, and the curriculum structure. The majority of administrators did not perceive the existence of underlying value conflicts encountered by Indian children in the school society. Two basic views were commonly held by school officials: (1) that Indian children were not basically different from non-Indian children of the same socioeconomic level and (2) that there were value and life-style differences and that it is the school's function to meet the needs of all children using a flexible school program. A bibliography, statistical tables, a checklist for interviews, and a sample questionnaire are appended. (EL)
Inter-Library Loan from University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
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Note: Master's thesis submitted to University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan