ERIC Number: ED420216
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
The Forgotten Scholars: American Indian Doctorate Receipt, 1980-1990.
This study provides a multifaceted descriptive analysis of the patterns and preferences of American Indian doctorate recipients. It is based on data from the National Research Council's Doctorate Records Project (DRP) for the period 1980-90. The study found that for the 11-year period, American Indians received 984 doctorates out of a total of 451,218 doctorates awarded. Of these 984 doctorates, 57 percent were awarded to males and 43 percent to females. Nearly half were in the field of education. Males dominated the fields of engineering and the physical sciences, while females dominated the field of education. Between 1980 and 1990, female doctorate production increased 33 percent; there was a corresponding 10 percent increase for males. The study also found that compared to the general population, American Indians were underrepresented in every field of doctoral study. It also noted that there has been much fluidity among fields of study, with increases in American Indian female doctoral production in the life sciences, social sciences, and professional fields, and increases in male doctorate production in the physical sciences, engineering, and professional fields. Overall, doctoral production in education decreased between 1980 and 1990. (Contains 11 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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