ERIC Number: ED129503
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Aug
Learning Styles Among Pueblo Children. Final Report, August 1975.
John-Steiner, Vera; And Others
Observational, exploratory and verbal learning, and verbal and imaginal processes of Pueblo Indian children were compared with those of non-Indian (Anglo and Chicano) children. Both Pueblo and non-Indian adults and children were observed, interviewed, and asked to carry out various tasks. The children attended either a Tanoan or a Keresan day school, an Albuquerque public school, a summer school, or a commune school in New Mexico or a San Diego (California) elementary school. Mapping as an observational procedure, a learning experience interview, and story retelling and drawing were used to obtain data on learning processes and modes of representation. Story retelling was explored as a possible measure of bilingualism. Pueblo children were found to be self-confident and independent at an early age; they excelled in visual representation and showed a high interest in role play. Although their verbal expression in English was not as fluent as that of non-Indians, no evidence was found to support the view of the "silent" Indian child--on the contrary, in their native languages and/or in comfortable settings Pueblo children were willing and capable verbal communicators. All of these patterns were linked to the nature of Pueblo communities and the children's place in them. (Author/NQ)
Descriptors: Adults, American Indians, Anglo Americans, Behavior Development, Bilingualism, Classroom Observation Techniques, Cognitive Processes, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Differences, Elementary Education, Imagination, Learning Modalities, Learning Processes, Peer Relationship, Role Playing, School Community Relationship, Socialization, Spanish Americans, Student Behavior, Verbal Communication, Visual Learning
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: New Mexico Univ., Albuquerque. Coll. of Education.
Identifiers - Location: California (San Diego); New Mexico