ERIC Number: ED180711
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
An Assessment of the Educational Needs of the Haines Borough School District.
Information obtained from parents, students, school personnel, and community members was the basis for determining the special educational needs of Indian students in the context of the Haines School District as a whole. Assessment methods included standardized tests, observations, interviews, and an educational priorities questionnaire administered to all teachers and a sample of parents. Career education and reading were highest priority for all parents and teachers combined; Tlingit culture and local history programs were supported by Alaska Native groups and, to a lesser degree, by non-Native groups. Standardized measures revealed a high percentage of problems with self-concept and attitude toward school for both Native and non-Native students. Significant differences between Native and non-Native students occurred in reading achievement and, for boys only, in locus-of-power measures. A master plan for educational improvement, based on study findings, gave highest priority to reading improvement programs and Tlingit language and culture courses; other needs were career education, counseling and affective education, increased cooperation between school and community, preschool education programs, and staff improvement activities. The report includes a summary of new federal education laws, especially integrated programs which involve federal funds for Indian education. (JH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Alaska Natives, Career Education, Counseling Services, Educational Improvement, Educational Legislation, Educational Needs, Educational Problems, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Aid, Humanistic Education, Multicultural Education, Needs Assessment, Parent Attitudes, Program Evaluation, Reading Programs, School Community Relationship, Student Attitudes, Student Needs, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Improvement
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Haines Borough Public Schools, Fairbanks, AK.
Authoring Institution: Alaska Univ., Fairbanks. Center for Northern Educational Research.