ERIC Number: ED316374
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Issues for the Future of American Indian Studies. A Needs Assessment and Program Guide.
Guyette, Susan; Heth, Charlotte
This book is an outgrowth of a project aimed at developing a communication and support network for effectively involving Indian students in the educational process. The book contains two parts. The first part reports on three surveys assessing (1) the current conditions and needs of 107 academic programs of Indian studies (types, financial sources, institutional cooperation, and support programs); (2) occupational needs of 117 Indian communities (community types, job market in the community, and needs for vocational and professional training); and (3) problems and needs perceived by 30 Indian college seniors (causes of dropout and specific educational needs). Major findings are: programs were rated high in financial assistance but low in sharing information on strategies and success stories; the communities indicated high needs for trained people in professional fields, particularly in the humanities-based professions; students reported differences associated with financial problems, cultural pressure, and psychological adjustment. Steps in forming an Indian studies program and institutional barriers that keep Indian students from succeeding are discussed. Based on the research findings, the gaps between available programs and determined needs are summarized, and recommendations are made for program development. The book contains 50 references and the questionnaires used the in surveys. The second part of the book is a directory of 105 programs of American Indians studies. (GGH)
Descriptors: American Indian Education, American Indian Studies, Educational Assessment, Educational Needs, Evaluation Research, Needs Assessment, Postsecondary Education, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, State of the Art Reviews, Surveys
American Indian Studies Center, University of California, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024 ($10.00).
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research; Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. American Indian Studies Center.