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ERIC Number: ED521844
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug-2
Pages: 69
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
American Indian Women: Sorting through Myth and History. A Study of American Indian Women, Stereotypes, and Education in the Classroom
Attardo, Jessica L.
Online Submission, Master of Science in Education, Mansfield University
The following study was conducted to examine existing research in education regarding the development of stereotypes in children, analyze historical documents and research to acquire an accurate portrayal of American Indian women, and determine if secondary social studies students lack adequate knowledge about the history of American Indian women, notably Pocahontas and Sacagawea. Additionally, the goal of the study was to increase student knowledge of American Indian women and their realistic roles within their tribes during a one-class period of instruction. The subjects in the study were seventy-eight ninth, eleventh, and twelfth grade social studies students who attended a rural high school in Pennsylvania. All students whose data was utilized provided active permission to participate in the study. The students participated in a pretest of knowledge or impressions, educational instruction, and posttest assessment during one class period. The experimenter's hypothesis was that the secondary social studies students' examination scores would significantly increase following a one class period educational instruction on American Indian women. The study showed, based on the utilization of a t-test, that the hypothesis was confirmed. The mean difference between the pretest and posttest was 10.949, with a standard deviation of 2.5118, confirming the hypothesis at a 0.0001 level of significance. A bibliography is included. The following are appended: (1) Table 1: Mean Results of Pretest/Posttest All Subjects; (2) Table 2: Summary Values of Dependent T-Test Results; (3) Table 3: Mean Results of Pretest/Posttest by Gender and Table 4: Mean Results of Pretest/Posttest by Grade Level; (4) Table 5: Subject Data by Gender and Table 6: Subject Data by Known Grade Level; (5) Pretest/Posttest; (6) Table 7: Summary of All Subjects; (7) Table 8: Vassarstats Printable Report; (8) Parent Permission Form; (9) American Indian Women Lesson Plan; and (10) PowerPoint Presentation on American Indian Women--Lesson Plan. (Contains 158 footnotes.)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 11; Grade 12; Grade 9; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania