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ERIC Number: ED082918
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Oct
Pages: 151
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A Study of the Retention of Indian Children in Grade One in Nova Scotia Elementary Schools and the Influence of Language and Pre-School Orientation in 1971-1972.
Potts, James Elliott
The study examined the records of all American Indian children who were in Grade I in 1971-72 in all elementary schools in Nova Scotia to determine the number of these children retained in Grade I. The method was a descriptive survey technique. The total population of Grade I students was 134. The most significant finding was that 96 children of the total 134 had been moved to Grade II in September 1972. It was found, moreover, that out of the total, 64 had never been retained at any level prior to being moved into Grade II. In reverse, it was found that 70 children had been retained for at least their second year. In analyzing the language background of the 64 children who were able to move into Grade II, it was found that 39 of the Grade I population came from homes where the commonly used language was Micmac. The repeat rate of native children is reduced when they have had pre-grade I orientation. Eight recommendations are presented--e.g., in all programs in the pre-Grade I area, as well as in other areas, that there be a maximum parental involvement. Other research which should be eventually undertaken is a continuation of the current study on a longitudinal basis. The basic raw data about each of the 134 children could be followed over the next 12 years on a year-to-year basis. (FF)
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Identifiers - Location: Canada