ERIC Number: ED341533
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Oct-15
Reference Count: N/A
Education of Exceptional Children. INAR/NACIE Joint Issues Sessions. National Indian Education Association (NIEA) Annual Conference (22nd, San Diego, California, October 15, 1990). 15, 1990).
National Advisory Council on Indian Education, Washington, DC.; Department of Education, Washington, DC. Indian Nations At Risk Task Force.
This report summarizes two joint sessions held by the Indian Nations At Risk Task Force and the National Advisory Council on Indian Education to hear testimony on issues relevant to special education for Native American children. Issues and problems were in the areas of: (1) gifted and talented education, including lack of services due to financial problems or racial bias among educators, exclusion of gifted children from services due to culturally biased standardized tests, and parent participation; (2) education of handicapped and learning disabled students, including misdiagnosis of language problems as learning deficits and misdiagnosis and inappropriate placement of students who are performing poorly due to family problems or cultural barriers; (3) the shortage of Native special education teachers and the inaccessibility of teacher education programs to most reservation American Indians; and (4) difficulties with Bureau of Indian Affairs guidelines on exceptionality and standardized tests, and inadequate funding for textbooks. Also discussed were successful programs and strategies that motivate gifted students, provide a summer college experience for gifted students, provide handicapped students with peer helpers, expand accessibility of higher education for students with disabilities, and use local elders to help with exceptional children in the classroom. Recommendations are made for school improvement strategies. (SV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Advisory Council on Indian Education, Washington, DC.; Department of Education, Washington, DC. Indian Nations At Risk Task Force.