ERIC Number: ED196588
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Indian Education: Selected Programs and Practices.
Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
On-site visits and surveys of parents and students, as well as tribal, education, and government officials were utilized to gather information regarding selected Indian education programs and practices in Alaska, Minnesota, Montana, Oklahoma, and South Dakota. Many local and federally funded programs existed to provide Indian students with a bilingual/bicultural atmosphere and aid in the mastery of basic skills. Bilingual programs were particularly numerous, but basic skills programs were less so. Although Indian education curriculum development varied greatly from state to state and locality to locality, many school districts made concerted efforts to provide counseling, tutoring, and retention programs to help Indian students. Indians, however, felt that Indian-operated programs and schools were more responsive than public schools to the needs of Indian children. Indians supported alternative programs (usually federally funded) such as alternative K-12 schools, experimental "demonstration" school models, BIA contract schools, and adult basic education programs. Indian preference for teacher hiring was rare in school districts with many Indian children and active recruitment was infrequent. Cross-cultural training was suggested for non-Indian teachers. Parental and community involvement in Indian education programs was emphasized by many school districts and states. Other results concerned needs assessments, textbook selection, and higher education. (SB)
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, American Indian Education, American Indians, Basic Skills, Bilingual Education, College Programs, Community Involvement, Counseling Services, Curriculum Development, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Multicultural Education, Nontraditional Education, Parent Participation, Program Descriptions, School Holding Power, Staff Development, Textbook Selection
Publications Dept., Education Commission of the States, Suite 300, 1860 Lincoln St., Denver, CO 80295 ($3.00, $0.30 ea. additional copy).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Office of Indian Education.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
Identifiers - Location: Alaska; Minnesota; Montana; Oklahoma; South Dakota