ERIC Number: ED231563
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-May-28
Ethnographic and Sociolinguistic Study of an Exemplary Bilingual Education Program on the Navajo Reservation: The Ethnography of a Navajo Educational Philosophy at Rock Point Community School. Final Report.
Schoepfle, Mark; And Others
The purpose of this report is to outline how a combined ethnographic and sociolinguistic study of an exemplary bilingual education program in the Navajo community of Rock Point may help rationally explain how community people have determined what they want from a bilingual program and what sort of issues they face to achieve these goals. After an introduction, section 2 describes using a systematic interview and observation to obtain viewpoints from parents and staff about their school's education and a sketch of why Rock Point was selected. Section 3 provides an overall description of the Navajo Reservation and Rock Point community. Section 4 presents a cognitive ethnographic description of the overall educational philosophy which evolved from the interaction between the developing school program and parental involvement, such as parental ideals for their children and perceptions of the school's impact. The Rock Point program is described in Section 5 focusing on how it works, its educational philosophy, and key impacts. Section 6 reviews the issues that were faced and surmounted by the community during the development of the program. In conclusion, an overall review of this report is presented in Section 7. The appendix contains a comparison of schools on the Navajo Reservation. (ERB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Dine Bi'Olta Research Inst., Farmington, NM.