ERIC Number: ED088647
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Characteristics of Alaska Native Students.
Kleinfeld, J. S.
Discussing the "characteristics" of Alaskan Native students presents a serious danger-the problem of overgeneralization and stereotyping. Covering educational programs designed for Native children, the ANNA Project Appendix discusses: (1) cognitive and social strengths of the students; (2) educational problems such as academic achievement and identity formation; (3) cultural factors; (4) dropout problems; (5) transferring from high school to high school; (6) success in higher education; and (7) effectiveness of different types of educational institutions. From the discussion, it is concluded that the central problems of Indian and Eskimo students occur at the secondary school and college levels. While academic achievement levels below national norms do cause students difficulty, the fundamental issues appear to lie in the area of strong identity formation. Almost never do teachers or employers say that Native students do not succeed because they lacked the necessary cognitive or academic abilities. Rather, when Native students do not succeed, it appears to be because they lack a sense of direction and purpose which leaves them vulnerable to negative social influences. Educational environments need to be designed which create strong identities and which develop the unified values that organize one's life and give it meaning. (FF)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Alaska Natives, American Indians, Cognitive Development, Cultural Background, Cultural Influences, Dropouts, Educational Assessment, Educational Problems, Eskimos, High School Students, Higher Education, Individual Power, Morale, Research Projects, Self Concept, Social Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Values
Not available separately; see RC007779
Publication Type: N/A
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Authoring Institution: Bureau of Indian Affairs (Dept. of Interior), Juneau, AK.; Bureau of Indian Affairs (Dept. of Interior), Albuquerque, NM.