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ERIC Number: ED051957
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
Pages: 20
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The Attitudes and Beliefs of Teachers Concerning the Education of American Indian Children in the Southwest. American Indian Education Papers, No. 1.
Smith, Waldron P.
Interviews with 15 groups of teachers in Arizona and New Mexico, representing 10 schools serving predominantly Indian children on or near the periphery of Indian reservations, are summarized in this report. Major areas discussed are teacher attitudes toward methods of teaching Indian students and toward Indian control of schools, as well as teacher beliefs concerning characteristics of (1) Indian students, (2) Indian parents, and (3) teachers of Indian children. Major problems identified by teachers are the lack of competence in English among Indian students and the lack of parental interest in the schools. It is concluded that the education of American Indian children in the Southwest is rigid and inflexible, that classrooms are almost totally lacking in local materials, and that schools seem unwilling to make any concessions to enlist the enthusiasm or interest of the Indian community in the education of their children. (JH)
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Authoring Institution: Arizona Univ., Tucson. Dept. of Anthropology.