ERIC Number: ED466342
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Alaska Native Education Study: A Statewide Study of Alaska Native Values and Opinions Regarding Education in Alaska.
McDowell Group, Juneau, AK.
This document contains four reports detailing a four-phase research project on Alaska Natives' attitudes and values toward education. A literature review examines the history of Native education in Alaska, issues in research on American Indian and Alaska Native education, dropout studies, student assessment, language and culture, learning styles, teaching styles and teacher training, distance learning and technology-based education, parent and community involvement, and higher education. The other three reports present findings of interviews with Alaska Native educational and cultural experts; a random telephone survey of 1,000 Alaska Native households; and focus groups with students, parents, and elders in Anchorage and rural Aniak and with business representatives and human services personnel. Common themes that arose across the four studies included barriers to education for Alaska Native students, the role of language and culture in education, family and community problems contributing to the high Native dropout rate, racism in urban schools, high teacher turnover and poor teacher quality in rural schools, and the need for parent and community involvement in schools. Appendices contain 147 references, a list of relevant educational Web sites, and breakdowns of focus group findings by group type. (SV)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Alaska Natives, American Indian Education, Cultural Differences, Culture Conflict, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attitudes, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Influence, Higher Education, Preschool Education, Rural Education, Rural Urban Differences, School Community Relationship, State Surveys, Underachievement
For full text: http://www.alaskool.org/native_ed/McDowell.pdf.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: McDowell Group, Juneau, AK.
Identifiers - Location: Alaska