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ERIC Number: ED444787
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jan
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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School-to-Work Transitions with Native American Indians: Implications for Counselors.
Long, James
Many Native Americans do not plan on attending college. In fact, many of them drop out of school to find work. Culturally sensitive, comprehensive school-to-work transition programs could greatly benefit the Native American population. Counselors need education in areas of Native American culture and customs. Counselors can build rapport with students by asking them about their heritage and allowing them to express their ideas and beliefs. Counselors should be aware that the strong bond to family that is characteristic of Native Americans often results in individuals taking a lesser job closer to home. For many Native Americans, decisions concerning one family member must go through proper channels in the family and tribe. School counselors should keep this in mind when determining who should be involved in the child's vocational preparation. Although it is important to understand the problems of Native Americans, counselors should emphasize the positive values of Native American culture. Increased cooperation between tribes, employers, educators, and the community will facilitate the feeling of connectedness that is important to Native Americans. Industry tours, career days, open forums at schools, apprenticeships, mentor programs, and field trips increase student exposure to the workforce, which is often limited because of the rural nature of reservations. A classroom environment that encourages discussion about vocations would also be helpful. Two appendices present graduation and college application rates and serious problems in schools by type of Indian school. (Contains 15 references.) (TD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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