ERIC Number: ED469297
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Effective Standards-Based Practices for Native American Students: A Review of Research Literature.
Apthorp, Helen S.; D'Amato, Elaine DeBassige; Richardson, Amy
This report reviews education programs and practices that have improved Native American student achievement in English language arts and mathematics. In Navajo tribal schools, teaching Indigenous language and literacy first, followed by teaching English and promoting bilingualism, helped students perform well on tests of vocabulary, comprehension, and writing. In Hawaii, a culturally congruent English language arts program significantly improved Native Hawaiian children's achievement in reading. Emphasis on comprehension over mechanics and phonics allowed children to learn in ways that were congruent with their everyday experiences outside of school. The use of ethnomathematics, based on the same principles of cultural congruence, led to improved student achievement for Native Hawaiian children and Alaskan rural middle school students. All these programs required extensive collaboration and time. Although limited in scope, the evidence suggests that congruency between the school environment and the culture of the community is critical to educational success. Collaborative research and development efforts, carried out at the local level, are needed. Seven action steps are recommended in this regard. An appendix outlines McREL's plan for further research. (Contains 31 references.) (TD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Action Research, Alaska Natives, American Indian Education, American Indian Students, Bilingual Education, Cognitive Style, Culturally Relevant Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Needs, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Language Arts, Mathematics Education, Navajo (Nation), Partnerships in Education, School Community Relationship
For full text: http//www.mcrel.org/products/standards/Practices_NAstudents.pdf.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning, Aurora, CO.
Identifiers - Location: Alaska; Hawaii