ERIC Number: EJ720065
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: N/A
Information Processing Patterns of Postsecondary American Indian/Alaska Native Students
Aragon, Steven R.
Journal of American Indian Education, v43 n3 p1-21 2004
In the last of a three-part series, this study examined the information processing patterns of postsecondary American Indian/Alaska Native students attending community and tribal colleges in the Southwest. Using a survey design, students completed the Kolb Learning Style Inventory, the Briggs and Myers Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and the Oltman, Raskin and Witkin Group Embedded Figures Test. Three major results were revealed from the study. First, the students described their learning as a combination of learning by thinking and learning by watching. This is the same cognitive processing pattern found in elementary and secondary students. Second, the "ISTJ" from the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator best described the personality influences on learning for these students. These individuals are practical, orderly, logical, and earn success by concentration and thoroughness. Finally, the results suggest that these students can draw equally from both analytical (field-independent) and global (field-dependent) forms of information processing.
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, American Indian Education, Boarding Schools, Community Colleges, Tribally Controlled Education, Information Processing, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Cognitive Processes, Personality Traits, Coping
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: Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alaska
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Embedded Figures Test; Group Embedded Figures Test; Learning Style Inventory; Myers Briggs Type Indicator