ERIC Number: ED048962
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Attitudes, Understanding, and Interaction: Students, Parents, Teachers, and Community Leaders; Perceptions of Indian Education. The National Study of American Indian Education, Series IV, No. 12, Final Report.
Birchard, Bruce A.
As part of the National Study of American Indian Education, this report on perceptions of Indian education is divided into 2 sections. The first deals with attitudes of Indian students and parents toward formal education and with attitudes of teachers toward Indians. The second section is concerned with interaction between the Indian community, the school community, and the degree to which people in these 2 groups know and understand each other. Data--obtained from student, parent, teacher, and community leader interviews and teacher questionnaires--were analyzed using rating scales. Only 1 of 4 Indian students appeared to be very interested in school; others evinced mild interest to general disinterest. Parents appeared to be more concerned about education of their children. Teachers varied widely in their attitudes toward Indians, but many teachers seemed to feel that Indian students were not well motivated to succeed in academic work. Less than 5% of the teachers felt negatively about teaching Indian children. Interaction between the Indian community and the school was not great. The general opinion of most community leaders was that the Indian communities had little meaningful voice in the school. Most community leaders favored increase in local community control of schools. Parents and teachers were poorly informed about each other and each other's institutions, making it more difficult for schools to serve the Indian community and for Indians to influence the school. (JH)
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Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Chicago Univ., IL.