Date of Award:

1990

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Psychology

Advisor/Chair:

Elwin Nielsen

Abstract

The transition of Navajo Indian children from boarding schools to public schools has brought about the challenge of involving parents in their children's education. These people have previously been accustomed to having the education of their children left to the distant schools, with little opportunity for parental involvement. As a consequence, it is often difficult to get these parents to accept the schools' invitations to participate in conferences and other activities when parental involvement is important. This study reviewed all of the reports that could be found of programs involving Indians and non-Indian parents in their children ' s education. These programs were discussed with reference to their applicability to Navajo culture and the geography of the reservation. Suggestions and guidelines were offered for using various parts of these programs with Navajo Indian parents.

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