ERIC Number: EJ720064
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Native Alaskan Dropouts in Western Alaska: Systemic Failure in Native Alaskan Schools
Freed, Craig D.; Samson, Mary
Journal of American Indian Education, v43 n2 p33-45 2004
The number of Native Alaska secondary students choosing not to complete high school is of great concern to educators and Native communities. In this study, schools in small communities throughout western Alaska were observed while teachers and dropouts were interviewed concerning their perceptions of the education process. It became very clear that there was something fundamentally wrong with the systems of education in western Alaska. Teachers and administrators frequently leave after a very short time. Students leave the school systems in large numbers and communities are not happy with the education their young people receive. In some cases, the school systems do not need an incremental change approach to education--they need to examine an entirely new paradigm of schooling.
Descriptors: Dropouts, High School Students, Alaska Natives, Educational Quality, Culturally Relevant Education, Dropout Research, Dropout Attitudes, Dropout Characteristics
Center for Indian Education, Arizona State University, College of Education, P.O. Box 871311, Tempe, AZ 95287-1311. Tel: 480-965-6292.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alaska