ERIC Number: ED214700
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Sep-15
Reference Count: N/A
Native American Education. Topic Summary Report.
Cotton, Kathleen; Savard, W. G.
The Alaska School Effectiveness Project produced several reports in a series of reviews of research literature on such topics as practices and outcomes in Native American education. Using an ERIC search and conventional library methods, 26 documents were judged to be both relevant and sufficiently well-designed to yield believable and meaningful results. Overall, the studies and evaluation reports were of two kinds: those which sought to determine whether specially funded programs for Native American students have been successful in promoting improved achievement and affective outcomes and those which studied the cognitive and affective outcomes produced when instructional practices and teacher behaviors are (or are not) compatible with the cultural characteristics of Native American students. Based on the information found, three of six recommendations concerned developers and funders of programs who should consider instructional activities which are compatible with Native American cultural traits (e.g., noncompetitiveness, openness to visual and oral learning); school personnel should acquaint themselves with cultural traits of Native American students they teach; and Native American history and culture should be introduced into a school's curriculum with a sizeable Native American student population. The document also includes 4 decision displays, a 37 citation bibliography, and individual item reports on each citation. (ERB)
Descriptors: American Indian Education, American Indians, Cultural Awareness, Educational Planning, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Development, Literature Reviews, Outcomes of Education, Policy Formation, State of the Art Reviews, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Effectiveness
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.