ERIC Number: ED261812
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Manokotak: A Case Study of Rural School Development in Alaska.
Harrison, Barbara; And Others
A University of Alaska staff member, two local teachers, and two community members used on-site visits, observations, questionnaires, and interviews to assess development of the Manokotak school from its inception in 1947 to 1984 as perceived by community members, school staff, and students. Rural and cross-cultural, the Alaskan school served 117 pre-school through high school students in 1984 and provided basic academic programs and vocational training, a Yup'ik literacy program, and a variety of special and extracurricular programs. A Community School Committee played an active role in the school; the staff was experienced and relatively stable. The majority of community adults, high school students, teachers, and the principal thought the school was successful, although teachers perceived a wide range of unsolved problems involving educational and personal concerns not expressed by others. Written primarily for practicing educators in rural Alaska but with possible application elsewhere, chapters include a history of the village and school, educational histories of village adults, curriculum/activities descriptions, descriptions of students and school staff, and community/student/staff perceptions. The final chapter contains a summary and discussion of the continuity of educational experience between school and community, inadequacy of standardized achievement test scores, and possible future developments. (LFL)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Administrator Attitudes, American Indian Education, Bilingual Education Programs, Case Studies, Community Attitudes, Cultural Background, Developmental Continuity, Educational History, Elementary School Curriculum, Elementary Secondary Education, Eskimos, Extracurricular Activities, Role of Education, Rural Schools, School Community Relationship, School Effectiveness, Secondary School Curriculum, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Historical Materials; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Students; Community
Authoring Institution: Alaska Univ., Fairbanks. Center for Cross-Cultural Studies.
Identifiers - Location: Alaska