ERIC Number: ED471488
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Nurturing Resilience and School Success in American Indian and Alaska Native Students. ERIC Digest.
Strand, Joyce A.; Peacock, Thomas D.
This digest examines recent literature on factors related to resilience, well-being, and school success for American Indian and Alaska Native students. The characteristics of resilient Native youth are discussed, including the ability to bounce back from adversity, and protective factors that enable high-risk resilient children to avoid negative outcomes. Traditional Native ways of fostering resilience focused on developmental areas related to spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical well-being. The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health revealed connections within family, community, and school that foster resilience. Although there are tribal differences in traditional Native ways, this digest focuses on some commonalities that exist in shared core values, beliefs, and behaviors. The findings of one recent study are highlighted, revealing what Native youth believe parents, teachers, and schools can do to foster resilience. Additional studies that make connections between resilience and Native spirituality and biculturalism are briefly reviewed. (Contains 18 references.) (SV)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adolescent Development, Adolescents, American Indian Education, American Indian Students, Cultural Influences, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Influence, Nonformal Education, Resilience (Personality), Student School Relationship, Well Being
ERIC/CRESS, P.O. Box 1348, Charleston, WV 25325-1348. Tel: 800-624-9120 (Toll Free). For full text: http://www.ael.org/eric/digests/edorc02-11.pdf.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Charleston, WV.