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ERIC Number: EJ974592
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8731
Cultural Identity, Multicultural Competence and Resilience: A Pilot Study of Alaska Native Students' Experience at University
Wexler, Lisa; Burke, Tracey Kathleen
Journal of American Indian Education, v50 n2 p44-64 2011
Scholars and university administrators have noted significant disparities in the rates at which Native students graduate from college in a timely manner relative to students from other racial/ethnic groups. It has been posited that this is because in order to succeed, Native students must negotiate the contradictory values of Western and Native cultures as they "walk in two worlds." The cultural processes that are employed by a small number of Alaska Native students suggest that the "two worlds" metaphor is deceptive and that a more holistic, nuanced sense of cultural identity can promote youth resilience in response to sociocultural differences and difficult life events that Native students experience in college.
Center for Indian Education. Arizona State University, College of Education, P.O. Box 871311, Tempe, AZ 95287-1311. Tel: 480-965-6292; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alaska