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ERIC Number: ED453223
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Pages: 30
Abstractor: N/A
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Evaluation of an Effective Postsecondary Program in Canadian Aboriginal Communities: Students' Perspectives on Support.
Schwartz, Christine; Ball, Jessica
The purpose of this study was to identify significant sources of support for Canadian aboriginal students in a unique early childhood education program developed between the University of Victoria, British Columbia, and seven across Canada. The approach of this study provided a fresh perspective in that it gave students the opportunity to name unlimited sources of support without restricting the definition of support. Thus, it enabled a quantification of the importance of sources of support and the possibility of identifying support sources previously overlooked in the research literature. Commentary was invited from a broad spectrum of community members who had been involved in or affected by the program. The impacts of the training program across groups of participants were uncovered by an ecologically comprehensive research method that consisted of qualitative and quantitative data collection and analyses that included interviews and questionnaires. The focus of this report is on the qualitative analysis of transcribed accounts given by 103 First Nations graduates of the 2-year program delivered in 7 communities. The results of this investigation indicate that a supportive learning and teaching environment that yields high rates of retention and program completion can be created when postsecondary education is delivered in a community where students' natural support networks are accessible. Formal and informal types of support identified are: (1) financial support; (2) preparatory programs; (3) personal support services; (4) child care services; (5) curriculum design; (6) instructors; (7) instructional methods; (8) other students; (9) First Nations Elders; (10) practicum settings; (11) flexibility in program delivery; (12) community based program delivery; and (13) informal support from other community members and family members. (Contains 28 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada