ERIC Number: ED055726
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
A Reading and Language Development System for Primary Grade Indian Students in the Pacific Northwest: A Feasibility Survey. Final Report.
Wright, Darrell; Leonard, Deni
The objective of the survey was to seek answers to 2 questions: (1) According to tribal leaders, Indian parents, Indian students, state departments of education, local school administrators, and teachers, is a reading and language development system based upon Indian history and culture feasible? and (2) Is it feasible to design and create a reading and language development system which has a large enough potential population of users so that it is economically feasible as well as being effective and relevant to the diverse ethnic and racial groups found in public school primary classrooms? A stratified sample of Indian leaders, Indian parents, and Indian students (from the 2 Indian reservations of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington with the largest populations and the 2 Indian reservations in the 4 states with the smallest populations) and of state superintendents of public instruction, local school administrators, and teachers (from school districts related to the same Indian reservations) was interviewed and asked to complete a questionnaire. Survey results indicated that the Indian people and professional educators support the development of a reading and language system based upon Indian history and culture and agree that it is feasible. The open-ended comments of the Indian people indicated a strong personal need for culturally relevant material for primary grades. (Author/JB)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, American Indian Reservations, American Indians, Cultural Influences, Feasibility Studies, History, Interviews, Language Acquisition, Parent Attitudes, Primary Education, Reading Development, State Departments of Education, Student Attitudes, Surveys, Tables (Data), Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Jefferson County School District 509-J, Madras, OR.