Rez Talk: How Reservation Residents Describe Achievement
In a recent meta-review of literature on research projects (Demmert, 2002) associated with improved academic performance of Native students, it was noted that, out of over 8,000 documents, only a little over 100 studies provide evidence of what does or doesn't work to improve academic performance. Knowledge about characteristics of successful Native students has been studied in typical research methodology, with surveys and pre-determined semi-structured interviews. What are missing are acculturated approaches and analyses and a look at the larger community structure that impacts student development through a cultural lens. Perhaps we need to look past the standard benchmark of academic achievement. What do native peoples consider to be meaningful achievements in life? What attributes or structures do Native peoples perceive as helping them in their achievements?
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Chapter 3 Research Approaches and Impacts
Chapter 4 Findings
Chapter 5 Achievement in Cultural Context
Chapter 6 Revisiting Native American Achievement
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