ERIC Number: ED329376
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Practitioners' Views of Indian Education in New Mexico: We Seek Harmony.
Beers, C. David; And Others
This booklet examines barriers to academic success for Native American students. The 32 practitioners attending a workshop at the 1989 Annual Conference of the New Mexico Association for Bilingual Education completed a survey that assessed the extent to which 31 possible barriers interfered with Native American education in their schools. Workshop participants, of whom 25 were Native Americans, then worked as a group to identify and discuss the most important barriers. Analysis of the survey results and workshop discussions revealed a complex interlocking pattern of barriers. Six themes stood out: (1) cultural differences between Native American students and their teachers; (2) educators' lack of sensitivity to cultural differences and inadequate preparation for working in this context; (3) mismatch between Native American students' learning styles and teachers' daily routines and teaching methods; (4) low student self-esteem and high student absenteeism; (5) racial prejudice toward Native Americans and low expectations of Native American students; and (6) lack of input by Native American teachers on educational matters and lack of research on Native American education. These six themes constitute an indictment of Native American education in New Mexico. Improvement requires a cooperative approach that focuses on the involvement and input of Native American educators, students, parents, and tribal leaders. Appendices contain the survey instrument and a list of respondent characteristics. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Mexico State Dept. of Education, Santa Fe. Div. of Indian Education.; New Mexico Univ., Albuquerque.
Identifiers - Location: New Mexico