ERIC Number: ED454848
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
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The Digital Divide in Native American Tribal Schools: Two Case Studies.
Guice, Abdul Azeez; McCoy, Leah P.
This study examined utilization of digital resources at two different Native American tribal schools, one located in the Southwest and another in the Northwest. Ethnographic methods were employed in the study to explore the cultural issues involved in the use of computers in the tribal schools. Site visits were conducted of the two schools. Observations on the reservations and in the schools provided a picture of reservation life and current computer usage. Extensive interviews with administrators and teachers in the schools revealed information about the deeper cultural issues underlying the reasons for tribal choices relating to computer use. Findings indicated that the most important issue affecting technology use in these two tribal schools involved the tribes' attitudes toward education. The biggest difference between the two tribes was observed to be the commitment from the administrators and each tribe's value of education. Administrators in the tribal high school at the Southwest reservation were committed to improving and bringing more resources to the school. With the exception of the one technology instructor, the same observation was not made at the Northwest reservation. The author concludes that the digital divide is not so much caused by lack of funds and materials as it is by difference in cultural values. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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