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ERIC Number: ED057945
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-May-1
Pages: 14
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Reference Count: 0
Research Needed on Boards of Education Representing American Indian Students. A Position Paper.
Vineyard, William E.
The pronounced need for community support and involvement in school affairs is evident throughout the nation. This need is especially acute in situations where cultural and economic differences exist between the school and the parents. Study of school boards can locate some of the correlates that articulate and enhance the Indian parents' and the schools' avenues of approach to each other. Increasing emphasis has been placed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and by Indian tribes and other groups toward maximum Indian involvement in all Indian affairs. The BIA has expended extensive efforts in organizing formal school boards and in training board members and school administrators to enhance community involvement. There is a pronounced need to provide analyses of these efforts and to point out direction for future emphasis. If Indian parents are alienated or isolated from the opportunity to be involved in their children's education, factors causing such alienation or isolation need to be pointed out so that corrective policy can be implemented. If meaningful dialogue can be established to reach across geographic, cultural, and economic barriers that may exist between the Indian home and the school, the distance between the learning style of the pupil and the teaching style of the school will be reduced. In this paper, after a review of literature, 6 relevant topics for needed research are listed, and methodological considerations are discussed. (LS)
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Sponsor: Southwestern Cooperative Educational Lab., Albuquerque, NM.
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