ERIC Number: ED312114
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Sep
Attitudes Toward the Education of American Indians. A Survey.
Tippeconnic, John W., III
This paper provides results of a national survey of 110 educators involved in American Indian education on their general attitudes toward such education; of the total sample; 60 responses were received. Lack of funding for American Indian education was the most important national issue identified, followed by need for qualified Indian administrators and educators, curriculum issues, financial aid for students in higher education, and academic achievement. Locally, however, parent/family involvement and recruitment, retention, advisement, and counseling were rated among the top five needs. Nationally 35.1% of respondents felt that American Indian education has improved in the past five years, whereas 33.3% felt it has gotten worse. Comparable data are reported for improvement at the state and local levels. A majority of the respondents supported raising achievement standards but felt that Indian education fared poorly under the Reagan administration. Ninety-three percent believed that culture and language as well as academic studies should be the focus of Indian education programs. Almost 100% supported bilingual education for American Indians. While 92.7% believed there is a need to do more research in Indian education, only 21.8% knew of meaningful research being conducted. Results are presented in tables, but include summaries of comments on each question. The text of each question in the survey is included in this report. (DHP)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, American Indian Education, Attitude Measures, Bilingual Education, Educational Attitudes, Mail Surveys, Problems, Teacher Attitudes
Center for Indian Education, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-1311.
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Univ., Tempe. Center for Indian Education.