ERIC Number: EJ784822
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
A Complex Path to Haudenosaunee Degree Completion
Waterman, Stephanie J.
Journal of American Indian Education, v46 n1 p20-40 2007
This qualitative study describes how 12 Haudenosaunee (Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy) college graduates constructed pathways to degree completion. The participants related their experiences on this path through open-ended interviews. The pathways were found to be complex owing to their unique cultural grounding and dedication to family. The participants managed a college education while maintaining their cultural integrity even though it meant more work and effort. Their greatest support during college was their family. Participants embarked on a double curriculum: that of their academic program and another constituted by participating in structured native language classes or involvement in their traditions. Participants were academically engaged but resembled adult returning students even when they were traditionally aged and living on campus. The male students reported richer, more intense experiences than the women due to the mentoring they received.
Descriptors: Educational Attitudes, College Graduates, Integrity, American Indians, Academic Degrees, Interviews, Native Language Instruction, Cultural Maintenance, Cultural Traits, Mentors, Gender Differences, Educational Experience
Center for Indian Education. Arizona State University, College of Education, P.O. Box 871311, Tempe, AZ 95287-1311. Tel: 480-965-6292; Web site: http://jaie.asu.edu/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A