ERIC Number: ED200364
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Dec-20
The Status of Native American Women in Higher Education.
Kidwell, Clara Sue
A study of the status of Native American women in higher education obtained questionnaires from 61 undergraduate women at 4 colleges and 9 women with advanced degrees, interviewed 6 women in or about to enter graduate programs, and reviewed previous research and available statistical data. Results indicated that: relatively few Native American women have participated in higher education; they tended to major in education or social service fields and intended to work after graduation; they were given as much or more family encouragement to enter college as their male relatives; Indian men and women have had similar problems in getting a college degree; undergraduates perceived discrimination against them as more racist than sexist; and the greatest pressures on Indian women may have been those associated with traditional Indian values toward home and family. Recommended research topics were aspiration to college of male and female Native American high school students, parental attitudes and encouragement, and the role of personality differences in college success or failure. Appendices include statistical data, questionnaires, and tabulated responses on birthplace, age, tribe and degree of Indian blood, pre-college schooling, college class and major, career and degree objectives, race and sex discrimination, and family background and attitudes. (MH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley.
Note: Paper prepared for the Women's Research Program, National Institute of Education, through the Native American Studies Program.