ERIC Number: ED264053
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Dulce Public Schools Community Education Needs Assessment.
New Mexico Univ., Albuquerque. Bureau of Educational Planning and Development.
Adults in a multi-ethnic, small, rural school district were surveyed to determine their evaluation and expectations of district schools. Of the 301 respondents, 72% were Jicarilla Apache/other Indian, 14% Spanish/Mexican, and 14% Anglo; most were aged 19-45; 81% had completed high school; 76% were employed. Respondents rated the elementary, high, and parochial schools generally adequate, particularly in facilities, bussing, and teachers, but found counseling services unsatisfactory; strongly supported occupational training, personal finance classes, cultural heritage emphasis, and a substance abuse program; found lack of motivation, self-discipline, and parental involvement the most common impediments to education; rated high school graduation very important; and believed student goals should be good grades and preparation for further education and employment. Respondents recognized that parents have a primary responsibility for education and wanted the school system to teach basic skills. The survey's second part, answered by Jicarilla Apache tribal members, evaluated programs offered by tribal government and demonstrated need for better communication between residents, school system, and tribal government, and need for more adult education. Survey conclusions included the need to improve communication between school system and residents, to improve social behavior and educational climate, and to integrate native language and culture into the schools. (LFL)
Descriptors: American Indian Education, American Indians, Anglo Americans, Community Surveys, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Mexican Americans, Needs Assessment, Parent Attitudes, Program Evaluation, Rural Education, Rural Schools, School Community Relationship, School Effectiveness, Small Schools, Spanish Americans, Tribes
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Mexico Univ., Albuquerque. Bureau of Educational Planning and Development.