ERIC Number: EJ720066
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Constructing Meaning to the Indian Boarding School Experience
Colmant, Stephan; Schultz, Lahoma; Robbins, Rocky; Ciali, Peter; Dorton, Julie; Rivera-Comant, Yvette
Journal of American Indian Education, v43 n3 p22-40 2004
This study investigated the complex meaning of the Indian boarding school experience. Using grounded theory methodology, a multi-member research team conducted and analyzed interviews and observations with 30 alumni of various Indian boarding schools, and 16 students and seven staff in one Indian boarding school currently operating in Oklahoma. Five main factors emerged that appear central to constructing meaning to the Indian boarding school experience. These factors were: (1) background context, (2) perception of reasons for attending, (3) severity, (4) coping during experience, and (5) coping after experience. Explanations and excerpts for the data are provided to illustrate each of the factors. Potential use of these factors to practitioners working with survivors of Indian boarding school abuses in counseling and therapy is discussed.
Descriptors: Educational Experience, Coping, Boarding Schools, American Indian Education, Students, American Indians, Attitude Measures, Counseling
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: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Oklahoma