ERIC Number: ED147593
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
The Native American Career Education Project. A Final Report.
Studebaker, Diana P.; Banathy, Bela H.
A project was conducted during 1974-76 to help meet the career awareness, orientation, and exploration needs of Native American youth in grades 7, 8, and 9. Activities included gathering information on Native American career education needs and surveying existing career education materials. Based on that information, twelve instructional units were designed and developed. Pilot testing took place in urban, semi-rural, and rural settings in California, Nevada, Arizona, and South Dakota; a third-party evaluation was conducted. Findings and recommendations include the following: (1) Native American tribes, parents, and students concerned perceive a need for career education; (2) materials written for Indian junior high school students should allow for poor language skills and should be relevant to students' cultural background; (3) the program tends to improve student ability in working with groups; (4) involvement in the program can give students an appreciation of their own culture, motivate participation in class activities, and broaden understanding of careers; (5) for optimal effectiveness, units should be integrated into the junior high school curriculum for its full three years; (6) the development of a training program for teachers and others involved in the program is strongly recommended; and (7) development of similar units for students in elementary and senior high schools is recommended. (Appendixes contain project materials and analyses of pre-posttest scores. The twelve instructional units are each available separately.) (TA)
Descriptors: American Indians, Bilingual Education, Career Awareness, Career Education, Career Exploration, Cultural Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Research, Fused Curriculum, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Inservice Teacher Education, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Secondary Education, Student Evaluation
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.
Note: For related documents see CE 014 033-047