ERIC Number: ED134499
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Children's Impressions of American Indians: A Survey of Suburban Kindergarten and Fifth Grade Children.
League of Women Voters, New Brighton, Minn.
Elementary school children in Mounds View, Minnesota, were surveyed for their impressions of American Indians. The method used was to individually interview every fifth child on the kindergarten and grade 5 class rosters. The report is presented in two sections--data and conclusions. Each of 12 questions is considered separately in the data section, with the answers of the 238 kindergartners and 239 fifth graders appearing side by side on a chart for purposes of comparison. Sample questions include: Do you know who American Indians are? Have you ever seen an American Indian? What do Indian children do? A discussion follows each question, in which both unusual and frequently mentioned comments from each grade are presented. In the conclusion section, grade responses are considered together. Among conclusions offered are that most children view Indian people as far removed from their way of life; many children view Indian people as warlike; most children do not recognize diversity among Indian people; and children's images suggest media influence. Six limitations of the study are identified, including the suburban nature of the sample, the use of 20 interviewers, and differences in verbal abilities of children. A bibliography and a list of instructions to interviewers are included. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indians, Cultural Images, Data Analysis, Data Collection, Elementary Education, Ethnic Stereotypes, Grade 5, Interviews, Kindergarten, Knowledge Level, Social Studies, Student Attitudes, Suburban Youth, Surveys, Tables (Data), United States History
League of Women Voters, 1359 North Pike Lake Court, New Brighton, Minnesota 55112 ($1.50 paper cover)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: League of Women Voters, New Brighton, Minn.
Note: For a related document, see SO 009 733 ; Some pages may be marginally legible due to print quality of the original