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AN ANALYSIS OF ALBERTA'S FIRST NATIONS, METIS, AND INUIT SCHOOL-COMMUNITY LEARNING ENVIRONMENT PROJECT

by Thomas, Kelly Burke

Abstract (Summary)
The First Nations, Métis, and Inuit School-Community Learning Environment Project was one of the programs through which the Aboriginal Branch of Alberta Education attempted to increase the academic success rate of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit students. Sixteen school jurisdictions in Alberta were asked to choose one school within their district on which to focus the resources offered by the Project. These resources included a large amount of money and print materials prepared by the Aboriginal Branch. The schools were asked to consult with the school community and area residents, including elders, to prepare strategies they believed would fulfill the goals of the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit School-Community Learning Environment Project. The first goal of the Project, and the one this quantitative study examines, was to increase the number of students who obtained the acceptable standard on the Provincial Achievement Tests. The Project was initiated in the 2003-2004 school year and ended in 2004-2005. This study compares the means of the numbers of students who obtained the acceptable standard on the Provincial Achievement Tests in the two years before the Project began, 2001-2002 and 2002-2003; two years during the Project, 2003-2004 and 2004-2005; and two years after the Project ended, 2005-2006 and 2006-2007. This study also compares the strategies each school used to achieve the goal of increasing the numbers of students attaining the acceptable standard on the Provincial Achievement Tests. In addition, 12 schools were purposefully quota sampled that were not part of the Project; the numbers of students who obtained the acceptable standard on the Provincial Achievement Tests in these schools were compared with the numbers of students who obtained the acceptable standard in schools that were part of the Project. Analysis of the results indicated that, generally speaking, the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit School-Community Learning Environment Project resulted in only nominal improvements in increasing the academic success of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit students attending schools that took part in the Project.
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Advisor:Dr. Merle Farrier; Dr. Neldon Hatch; Dr. Bill McCaw; Dr. Frances L. OReilly; Dr. Darrell Stolle

School:The University of Montana

School Location:USA - Montana

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:school of education

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Date of Publication:08/07/2008

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