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ERIC Number: ED478059
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
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Portrait in Alienation: Native American Students on a Predominantly White Campus.
Taylor, Janis Swenson
A study explored the experiences of American Indian college students at a university where most students were White. Data were obtained through interviews with 16 Native students, followed by a group discussion. Findings indicate that American Indian students experienced feelings of isolation, loneliness, and discomfort because of looks and stares, lack of respect, thoughtless comments and stereotypes, the omission of their people from the curriculum, a need for role models, a lack of institutional support, and both overt and covert hostility. Institutions of higher education may have an official rhetoric that they support diversity and may recruit American Indian students, but when these students arrive, they do not find support for themselves personally. Universities are using curricula that were designed to celebrate the achievements of primarily White men, to train people for jobs and professions that have historically maintained positions of power and control for White men, using teaching and assessment methods through which White middle- and upper-class men excel. Typically college initiatives such as better financial packages, supplemental college preparation for students, increased support services, more programming, and more role models seek to help retain Indian students without addressing the basic precepts and foundations on which the institution was built. Institutions of higher education would do well to tackle the causes of student alienation rather than the symptoms. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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