ERIC Number: ED461455
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-May
Response to Dr. Richard D. St. Germaine's "A Chance To Go Full Circle: Building on Reforms To Create Effective Learning."
Warner, Linda Sue
The task of Dr. St. Germaine's commissioned paper was twofold: the development of a research agenda for Indian education, and reflections on the role of the school within the context of American Indian cultures and communities. Dr. St. Germaine classifies American Indians and Alaska Natives into one American ethnic subculture. Although he questions such a classification, it is appropriate for research designed for large databanks where tribally specific designations do not add to the usefulness of the conclusions. Dr. St. Germaine also considers "tribal communities," not as communities in the way that public schools define their constituencies, but in the legal and sovereign sense that governs policy. The fact that Dr. St. Germaine has to make assumptions about urban Indian concerns and has to use studies on "American" children to discuss the effects of television on Indian children indicates the lack of research on American Indian students and presents another argument for a sustained, meaningful research agenda in Indian education. Other considerations in the development of such a research agenda include defining "research" on Indian terms relevant to Indian worldviews, fostering research capabilities in Native scholars and students, and recognizing the various types of schools that serve Indian students. (TD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the American Indian and Alaska Native Education Research Agenda Conference (Albuquerque, NM, May 30-June 1, 2000). For the St. Germaine paper, see ED 451 970.