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ERIC Number: ED169601
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Communicative Reticence: Native Americans in the College Classroom.
Lujan, Philip D.; Dobkins, Dave
It has been found at the University of Oklahoma, where from 40 to 45 different native American tribal groups are represented, that even with considerable attention to the needs of such students they have poor chances of accomplishing their educational goals or of viewing as positive their university experience. The crosstribal value of interpersonal harmony, manifesting itself as the avoidance of verbal conflict, appears in the classroom as the avoidance of discussion participation, the avoidance of or refusal to answer direct questions calling for judgments and opinions, and the failure to ask questions. These behaviors contrast directly with those valued in the classroom and are compounded by the native American student's reticence to seek help outside the family or cultural unit. A threefold strategy respecting such students' decision-making ability include the following: informing such students of their options and the cost of these options, the creation of safe environments for students to acquire behaviors appropriate to such options, and the promotion of greater faculty awareness to preclude inappropriate judgment. (DF)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (64th, Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 2-5, 1978)