ERIC Number: ED191626
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: 0
American Indian Education Fact Sheets and Mini Review.
Benally, Elaine Roanhorse; And Others
Two fact sheets and a minireview are directed at improving American Indian education. The first fact sheet deals with curriculum development for Indian students by the classroom teacher. Curriculum, scope, and sequence are defined, and suggestions are made for using commercially prepared curriculum materials (which often ignore minority representation) as supplements to individually planned programs. A list of 14 centers and organizations that specialize in American Indian-oriented curriculum is included. The problems of stereotyping and depersonalization of Indians, prevalent in children's literature, are described in the mini review, and guidelines for selecting unbiased reading materials are discussed. Ten methods and strategies for effectively using the literature, a challenge to present young readers with truthful and meaningful materials, and a list of instructional materials and reading selections are given. In the second fact sheet, a brief history of American Indian legislative funding is described, with an emphasis on particular pieces of funding being used to aid Indian education today. A summary of Alaska's development of Indian education is revealed as exemplary of some of the problems encountered in achieving quality education. It is suggested that further research, better use of funding, and continued pursuit by the Indian student will provide hope for a better education in the future. (JD)
Descriptors: American Indian Education, American Indian Literature, American Indians, Bilingual Education, Childrens Literature, Cultural Images, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Enrichment, Educational Legislation, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Stereotypes, Federal Indian Relationship, Instructional Materials, Nontraditional Education, Reading Material Selection, Relevance (Education), School Law, Student Needs, Tribes
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Guides - Non-Classroom; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Las Cruces, NM.
Note: Paper copy not available due to poor print quality.