American Indians in higher education: one student's story

Browne, Laura
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This document is a presentation of information gained from the collaboration between an American Indian student and a non-Indian educator at a Midwestern community college. Each chapter is introduced by a story or experience that shares an insight or point of discussion during the collaboration that later became the theme of a chapter;Chapter 1 provides an overview of American Indian participation in higher education, both in Euro-American and tribal institutions. Chapter 2 presents the history of American Indian education in the United States as a story told by a fictitious American Indian storyteller. Chapter 3 presents a comparison and contrast of Indian and non-Indian culture, world view and values, hereafter referred to as traditional knowledge and modern knowledge, respectively. In addition, a discussion of a holistic approach to education is offered. Chapter 4 explores how stereotypes, held by both Indians and non-Indians, continue to perpetuate ignorance and inequality. Chapter 5 presents the theoretical and methodological framework for this research project, paying particular attention to the non-Indian researcher's responsibilities. Chapter 6 offers a comparison and contrast of attitudes and beliefs regarding knowledge and the role of education for Indian and non-Indian people. Finally, a discussion of the implication of these contrasting perspectives of education and some recommendations about how the contrasts might inform educational change for future generations.

Educational leadership and policy studies, Education (Higher education), Higher education