ERIC Number: ED242463
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Report and Recommendations: Conference on Mathematics in American Indian Education (Albuquerque, New Mexico, July 7-8, 1977).
Green, Rayna; And Others
Participants from all levels of Indian and mathematics education, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and mathematics-related fields met to identify needs for mathematics education among American Indian students of all ages. In general, conferees were more pessimistic about the mathematics competence of American Indian post-secondary students than about the mathematics abilities of elementary students. They noted that the low achievement of American Indians in mathematics and mathematics-related fields was due to lack of training and that negative attitudes of teachers, counselors, and administrators were the most significant barriers to good mathematics education for American Indians. Conferees also noted that most testing determined deficiencies instead of proficiencies. Conferees stressed the need for more and better mathematics education for American Indian students at all levels. Participants noted specific problems and described specific strategies for mathematics education at primary, secondary, and post-secondary levels. They offered recommendations regarding networks of mathematics educators, advocacy efforts, assessment, information dissemination, materials development, and teacher training. Appendices include the conference agenda, a list of participants, a bibliography, and an article by Rayna Green entitled "Math Avoidance: A Barrier to American Indian Science Education and Science Careers." (SB)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Adult Education, American Indian Culture, American Indian Education, Computer Assisted Instruction, Continuing Education, Counselor Attitudes, Cultural Education, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Human Resources, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Anxiety, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Materials, Mathematics Skills, Postsecondary Education, Questionnaires, Student Behavior, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education, Testing
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Educational Foundation of America, Westport, CT.
Authoring Institution: American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, DC.