ERIC Number: ED097133
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-May
Reference Count: N/A
Pine Ridge Reservation Assessment of Educational Needs.
Anderson, Beverly L.
BIA Education Research Bulletin, v3 n2 p34-47 May 1974
The methods used to determine the educational needs and goals of the Pine Ridge Reservation (South Dakota) are described in this article. The development and assessment of a questionnaire involved school boards, administrators, the Bureau of Indian Affairs Educational Administrator, teachers, students, parents, and other interested community members. Administered by many of these same people (in the Lakota language if necessary), the final needs questionnaire not only determined educational priorities, but also strengthened school-community relationship. Each community and group within each community were analyzed; comparisons were made of Indian versus non-Indian priorities; and significant differences among group priorities were given. The 11 goal areas (total survey results) listed from most to least important based on the average ranking given are shown. Significant differences were shown in the top five goals. Itemized in priority order these were: (1) parents--continuing education, communication skills, citizenship preparation, cultural heritage, values; (2) students--continuing education, communication skills, job preparation, citizenship preparation, cultural heritage; (3) teachers--communication skills, values, people relationships, job preparation, citizenship preparation. The critical step in the assessment was the utilization of the findings in the daily process of the schools. Many alternative approaches were possible, and each school had to determine what was most appropriate for it. The Needs Assessment Questionnaire concluded the document. (AH)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bureau of Indian Affairs (Dept. of Interior), Albuquerque, NM.