Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Eagle Feather Voices: The Experience of Participants in a Collaborative High School Graduation Incentive Program for Native American Students
by Neal, John Patrick, Ed.D., Doane University, 2019, 162; 27547752
Abstract (Summary)

In response to the continued issue of low graduation rates nationwide among Native American high school students, this phenomenological study shares the voices of Native American high school graduates as they describe their experiences wearing eagle feathers during their high school graduation ceremonies as part of their official high school graduation regalia through a public school district and local Indian community center collaborative support program. Participants in the study voice the positive and transformational spiritual and cultural impact of the program and comment on the potential of this two-year-old incentive program to successfully engage Native American students and families and increase the high school graduation rate of participating Native American students in this community, which provides for the potential of generalizing the results to other districts.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kalbach, Linda
Commitee: Peterson, Marilyn, Hilton-Hagemann, Brandi
School: Doane University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Nebraska
Source: DAI-A 81/6(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Multicultural Education, Native American studies, Education Policy, Secondary education
Keywords: Culture, Eagle feathers, High school graduation, Incentive program, Multicultural education, Native American
Publication Number: 27547752
ISBN: 9781392691359
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