ERIC Number: ED119902
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Survey of Attitudes and Perceptions--Alaska BIA Boarding School Students.
In order to determine the preferences and perceptions of Native Alaska students attending Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) boarding schools, a survey instrument was devised to reveal the BIA student's background; future plans; and his projected feelings relative to school facilities, personnel, curricula, and interpersonal relationships. Respondents (N=558) represented Anchorage, Fairbanks, Southeast Alaska, Bethel, and Nome; ranged in age from 10 to 21 years (mean average age was 17.1); came from large families; and included 294 males and 261 females. Survey results indicated: (1) school facilities, teachers, and courses were generally satisfactory; (2) there was a preference for attending school in Alaska (40% attended school outside Alaska); (3) there was some evidence of teacher discrimination (55% of the sample wanted more Native teachers; 36% did not care; and 8% responded negatively); (4) 91% of the sample wanted more Native culture and history in the curriculum; (5) there was evidence of intragroup conflict among American Indians, Aleuts, and Eskimos (85% felt such conflict caused problems); (6) language arts, social studies, and work experience courses were the most important subject areas; (7) future plans included finishing high school (3.2% did not intend to finish; 28% planned to go to college; 12% planned to attend a vocational school; 20% planned to get a job after high school; and 30% had no definite plans). (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alaska State Dept. of Education, Juneau.