ERIC Number: ED207729
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: N/A
The Adjustment of Native American Students to Public Schools in the East San Francisco Bay Area.
Molohon, Kathryn Theresa
Adjustment of American Indians to a major urban institution, exemplified by public schools, and adaptations to urban life in general were examined, using data collected between 1965 and 1969, and focusing on intensive observations of 24 randomly-selected American Indian students (19 high school, 5 elementary) attending East San Francisco Bay Area public schools during 1968-69. Most students were adjusted to school; only three were unadjusted. Emotionally-supportive relationships within local domestic units and with extended kin on home reservations and elsewhere were primary in determining adjustment to public schools and urban life. Many families were flexible, extended family groupings, composed of a variable number of visiting kin, besides a central core of kin; many had more than one person in the labor force. Children were frequently subject to multiple parenting and movement between domestic units in the city and on reservations, encouraging strong emotional ties between geographically dispersed kin. Absence of domestic affect often led to personal and emotional disorganization, especially apparent among unadjusted students. Most Indian families were adjusted to urban life. Appendices include data on American Indians in the Bay Area, the interview form, general characteristics of the student sample, Strong Vocational Interest Blank scores, and a 20-page bibliography. (AW)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), American Indian Education, American Indian Reservations, American Indians, Cultural Influences, Educational Experience, Elementary Secondary Education, Extended Family, Family Influence, Migration Patterns, Public Schools, Relocation, Reservation American Indians, Rural to Urban Migration, Rural Urban Differences, Social Influences, Student Adjustment, Urban American Indians, Urban Environment, Urban Youth
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of General Medical Sciences (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley.