ERIC Number: ED253361
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
A Culture Based Needs Assessment.
Banai, Edward Benton
The booklet, developed at Red School House for Indian communities, demonstrates visually in a cultural context the series of actions constitute a needs assessment. The illustrated text tells the story of a traditional community that is in need of food for the survival of its people. The question of how to cross the river to see if food is plentiful is proposed to the community members. After a lengthy discussion among the community members and dissatisfaction with a professional's advice from outside the community, it is decided that a needs assessment survey should be conducted. The community decides to build a canoe after conducting the survey using the following procedure: designing a questionnaire that reflects the culture, values, customs and beliefs of the people it is designed for; passing around the questionnaire to all the people; taking votes from everyone; gathering the responses and tabulating them; communicating the results (needs, objectives and goals) to the community members; as a group deciding how to act to obtain the objective; and finding people in the community with skills and background to help fulfill the objective. (ERB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Community; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED), Washington, DC. Indian Education Programs.
Authoring Institution: Red School House, St. Paul, MN.