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ERIC Number: ED552751
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 139
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3030-2514-3
Passing the Totem: Successful High School Graduation of Native American Students
Farris, Cherie T.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
The purpose of this study was to determine obstacles Native American students, of American Indian ancestry, faced while they were attending high school and how they were able to overcome those obstacles. Eight Native American students, four male and four female, who attended schools on or near a Native American tribal reservation in Washington State were asked to complete surveys and participate in structured interviews in order to explore the experiences of these Native American students. Results from this qualitative study were analyzed to determine the obstacles these participants faced and how they overcame those obstacles. It was found that success for these former students was due to supportive and positive family influences; schools and educators who provided support that aided and encouraged these participants; specific instructional strategies used by schools and educators, which were beneficial for the students; and intrinsic and extrinsic motivators that improved the student's ability to persist in high school. It is hoped that continued efforts on the part of teachers, principals, schools, school districts, families, friends, and communities will bring about the changes necessary to provide the support for Native American students that will help them have educational success. It is anticipated that information presented in this research may provide a foundation for others who also seek to improve the educational system and increase the likelihood of graduation for all Native American students. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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