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ERIC Number: EJ1088080
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0826-4805
Native American Students in U.S. Higher Education: A Look from Attachment Theory
Simi, Demi; Matusitz, Jonathan
Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education, v47 n1 p91-108 Feb 2016
This paper examines the behavioral patterns of Native American college students in U.S. higher education. Attachment theory is the theoretical framework used in this analysis. Developed by Bowlby ("Attachment and loss: Separation, anxiety and anger," 1973), attachment theory postulates that behaviors can be predicted based on one's personality, character qualities, and early life experiences. Overall, we found that attachment to Native American culture has made a positive difference in reversing academic struggles among Native Americans. Indeed, while it is difficult for Native Americans to change their attachment style, slight modifications have proved to help them become more secure. Even though various themes could have been explored, we investigated discrimination, academics, obedience to tribal culture, and alcoholism. Another important conclusion is that academic competence tends to be linked to certain indigenous beliefs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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