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ERIC Number: ED444782
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Indian Teachers and Indian Control.
Chavers, Dean
Some researchers have asserted that the poor outcomes from American Indian schools result from the lack of cultural fit between teachers and students. Data gathered from 258 American Indian faculty at U.S. colleges and tribal departments of education indicate that 65 institutions of higher education produced 1,347 new American Indian teachers during 1995-97, for an average of 449 per year, or about 2.3 percent of the demand. Seventy-five percent of these institutions were public colleges, one-sixth were private, five were tribal colleges, one was Bureau of Indian Affairs, and one was a tribe. In the 1,512 American Indian school districts, there were only 42 American Indian superintendents. To meet the unique cultural needs of American Indian students, it has been suggested that both American Indian control over school boards and Indian control of school administration are necessary. Recommendations to achieve this goal include increasing the number of American Indians earning teaching credentials to 2,000 or more per year for 15 years; developing a corps of American Indian superintendents; developing a superintendent's institute; developing a school board institute; and developing exemplary programs in American Indian schools. Two tables present production of Native American teachers by institution and total American Indian superintendents by state. (Contains 16 references.) (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A