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ERIC Number: ED457912
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-May
Pages: 231
Abstractor: N/A
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American Indian Completers and Noncompleters in a Tribal and Community College in Northern Minnesota.
Ness, Jean Kelly Echternacht
The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore and identify societal, institutional, organizational, family, and individual factors associated with American Indian students' completion and noncompletion rates in a tribal college in northern Minnesota. Data collection included a series of in-depth interviews and two focus groups with seven completers and six noncompleters from a tribal college in northeastern Minnesota. All data were collected between January and April, 2000. The study found that both the completers and the noncompleters were confronted with five key issues: physical abuse; emotional abuse; alcoholism; poverty; racism, and the "crabs in a bucket" notion. "Crab in a bucket" refers to the phenomenon that when any member of the community attempts to leave it for higher education or better employment, others in the community try to retain that person by shaming, insulting, teasing, or ostracizing him/her. Although the completers and the noncompleters of the tribal college faced substantially the same issues, it was found that the degree completers had a stronger sense of resiliency, a higher level of self-esteem, and a stronger orientation toward goal completion than did the non-completers. (Contains 178 references.) (GC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota