ERIC Number: ED443612
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Attitudes of Aboriginal Students to Further Education: An Overview of a Questionnaire Survey.
Richer, Kaye; Godfrey, John; Partington, Gary; Harslett, Mort; Harrison, Bernard
A study examined the attitudes of Aboriginal students concerning their education and their perceptions of their parents' views of education. Questionnaires completed by 473 Aboriginal students in grades 6-10 from 22 urban and rural schools in Western Australia indicated that Aboriginal children had a positive attitude toward their schools and their education. They enjoyed their schooling, did not wish to absent themselves from school, and wished to continue their schooling through high school and beyond. The majority reported that they knew what they wanted to do when they left school and had the ability to stay on at school, but did not feel that their teachers encouraged them to stay on at school. They also believed their parents were supportive of their present and future educational aspirations. Although 82 percent of students reported respecting their teachers, a significant percentage reported that their teachers picked on them at school, did not always help them, and did not understand them. The percentage of students who experienced relationship problems with their teachers indicates that many teachers of Aboriginal students are unfamiliar with or ignore the characteristics of effective teachers of Aboriginal children that have been recognized for two decades. It is suggested that classroom practices informed by deficit logic result in lower teacher expectations, and that the development of close teacher-student relationships is necessary for the transmission of knowledge. Appendices present age of respondents, parent attitudes toward education, student attitudes toward absenteeism, and student perceptions of teacher attitudes. (Contains 14 references.) (TD)
Descriptors: Aboriginal Australians, Academic Aspiration, Attendance, Foreign Countries, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Parent Aspiration, Parent Attitudes, Racial Bias, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Student Relationship
Full text at Web site: http://www.aare.edu.au/98pap/ric98095.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (Adelaide, Australia, November 29-December 4, 1998).