ERIC Number: ED209005
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Alternatives in Indian Education. Final Report.
Indian Education Training, Inc., Albuquerque, NM.
To discover student attitudes and student, teacher and parent perceptions of school performance, 29 Navajo parents living on Canoncito Reservation, their children who attended Albuquerque, New Mexico public schools, and the children's teachers were interviewed. Results illustrated wide diversity of family and cultural characteristics within a small, ostensibly homogenous community and problems inherent in looking at groups of Indian students rather than individuals. Findings included: average family size was 5.7 children; students from 20 families spoke Navajo; at least 10 families used medicine men, some in conjunction with western medicine; 40% of families interviewed had no employed head of household; 83% used wood-burning stoves; 62% of homes had no running water, 17% no electricity, and 44% no television. Teachers reported most Canoncito students worked together as a group, resisted being singled out, and wanted their group to be good; despite skills-test scores slightly lower than school average, school performance differed widely among Canoncito students. The decision-making process was also investigated, revealing that parents felt the children themselves had decided whether they would attend the Canoncito Bureau of Indian Affairs day school or Albuquerque public schools. Translated transcripts of comparison interviews, conducted in Navajo, with nine parents and one student from Torreon, a community similar to Canoncito, comprise two-thirds of the document. (NEC/MH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Access to Education, American Indian Education, American Indians, Boards of Education, Community Characteristics, Community Surveys, Decision Making, Educational History, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Indian Relationship, Local History, Parent Attitudes, Parent School Relationship, Reservation American Indians, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Indian Education Training, Inc., Albuquerque, NM.