ERIC Number: ED134500
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Young People's Concepts of Native Americans: A Survey of Suburban Ninth and Twelfth Grade Students.
League of Women Voters, New Brighton, Minn.
Ninth grade and twelfth grade social studies students in Mounds View, Minnesota, were surveyed for their impressions of American Indians. Intended predominantly for use by teachers in developing curriculum for teaching about Indian people, the report is presented in two sections--an information test and an attitude survey. In section I, each of 44 information questions is considered separately and responses by the 986 ninth grade students and 632 twelfth grade students are compared. A summary of student responses indicates that students could correctly answer less than half the questions and that twelfth graders scored better than ninth graders on 36 of the 44 questions. In the section on attitudes, students were asked to respond to 26 statements. Students of both grades responded positively toward Indian people, with a high correlation between higher scores on information questions and more positive attitudes. The conclusion is offered that a realistic portrayal of Native Americans should be incorporated into the curriculum to counteract social stereotypes, textbook distortions, and media influence. Limitations of the study are identified, including the suburban nature of the sample and differing abilities and attitudes of the students. A bibliography, instructions for administering the survey, and a copy of the survey are included. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indians, Cultural Images, Data Analysis, Data Collection, Ethnic Stereotypes, Grade 12, Grade 9, Interviews, Knowledge Level, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Statistical Analysis, 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 009 732