ERIC Number: ED343756
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Native American Education at a Turning Point: Current Demographics and Trends.
Hillabrant, Walter; And Others
This paper discusses demography, statistics, and trends related to Native American education and makes projections for the year 2000. Based on linear regressions of earlier census data, projections for 1990 and 2000 include: (1) fast population growth for American Indians and Alaska Natives; (2) population growth shifts to urban areas; (3) an increasing aged population as well as a growing school aged population; (4) changes in distribution among the states of the Native population and tribes; (5) increasing but still lagging behind educational attainment; (6) low labor force participation; (7) high poverty rates; (8) high mortality rates among young people; (9) varying but overall increasing enrollments for public, private, and Bureau of Indian Affairs schools; (10) low enrollment in higher education and limited major fields of study in management and social sciences; (11) overall growing enrollments in adult education, vocational education, vocational rehabilitation, and special programs; (12) some gains in Native scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test and the American College Testing Program; (13) dropout rates; (14) fluctuating but overall increasing educational attainment; (15) varying educational funding but decreasing federal aid; and (16) teacher turnover, attrition, and salaries as major problems. This paper contains 30 references. (SV)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Alaska Natives, American Indian Education, American Indians, Demography, Educational Attainment, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment, Enrollment Trends, Financial Support, Geographic Distribution, Higher Education, Population Growth, Population Trends, Special Education, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Indian Nations At Risk Task Force.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Indian Nations At Risk Task Force Commissioned Papers. See RC 018 612.