Center for Diné Studies Bachelor’s Degree Survey
ABOUT THIS SURVEY: Center for Diné Studies is conducting this survey to assist the division in planning for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Diné Studies/Navajo Language. Your identity will remain confidential and not be shared with anyone, but what you say will be read very thoughtfully. Ahéhee'
Note: If you have already taken this survey - Thank you! You do not need to take it again.
1. What is your age group?
1.a. What is your gender?
2. Are you Navajo
3. In what sort of community did you grow up?
Name of community and/or additional comments about community (optional) :
Your answer
4. In what sort of community do you live now?
Additional Comments about community you live in now (optional):
Your answer
5. How much school-based education have you completed?
How much do you feel you learned of traditional Diné teachings, values and way of life from your upbringing?
Additional Comments about school-based education completed or familiarity with traditional teachings (optional):
Your answer
6. I am a ......
7. If you are a student at Diné College, what is your Major:
Your answer
8.1 Please agree or disagree with the following statements
Strongly Agree
Agree
No opinion/not applicable
Disagree
Strongly Disagree
A Bachelor’s degree in Diné Studies/Navajo Language would benefit the Navajo people.
I would support the establishment of a Bachelor’s degree in Diné Studies/Navajo Language at Diné College.
A Bachelor’s degree in Diné Studies/Navajo Language would appeal to me or other prospective students.
I am interested in Navajo history, governance and leadership
I am interested in Navajo wellness
I am interested in Navajo holistic healing
I am interested in Navajo values and ethics
8.2 Please agree or disagree with the following statements
Strongly Agree
Agree
No opinion/not applicable
Disagree
Strongly Disagree
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I am interested in Navajo philosophy
I am interested in application of Navajo teachings to contemporary life
I am interested in Navajo traditional agriculture
I am interested in Navajo traditional foods and nutrition
I am interested in Navajo traditional (fundamental) law
I am interested Navajo parenting/family studies
I am interested in Navajo oral history
I am interested in Navajo psychology
8.3 Please agree or disagree with the following statements
Strongly Agree
Agree
No opinion/not applicable
Disagree
Strongly Disagree
I am interested in Navajo K’é (kinship) practicies
I am interested in Navajo men’s or women’s teachings
I am interested in Navajo peacemaking
I am interested in Navajo herbology/traditional uses of plants
I am interested in Navajo place-based knowledge, geography and geology
I am interested in Navajo astronomy
I am interested in Navajo natural resource management
I am interested in Navajo environmental studies
9. Please agree or disagree with the following statements
Strongly Agree
Agree
No opinion/not applicable
Disagree
Strongly Disagree
I am interested in learning Navajo language OR bettering my communication skills in Navajo language.
I am interested in learning advanced or situational Navajo (medical, legal, ceremonial, advanced oral speaking, etc.) at Diné College.
I am interested in being able to teach Navajo, either to my children, grandchildren or as a teacher.
I am interested in a Navajo language immersion program for MYSELF at Diné College
I am interested in a Navajo language immersion program for my children, grandchildren, or other relatives at Diné College
9.1 Please agree or disagree with the following statements
Strongly Agree
Agree
No opinion/not applicable
Disagree
Strongly Disagree
The Navajo Nation should take steps to ensure the survival of Navajo language
I support Diné College working to expand Navajo language programs
A community-based Navajo language program at Diné College will help sustain Diné language and culture
A Navajo language program that involves Elders and Youth will help sustain Diné language and culture
Additional Comments (optional):
Your answer
10. How would a Bachelor’s degree in Diné Studies/Navajo Language benefit you, and/or the Navajo Nation? (please explain)
Your answer
11. What would you want from a Diné Studies/Navajo Language degree? (please explain)
Your answer
Language Use and Proficiency
For this section we use the terms “speak” and “use.” Here we use the following definitions for speak and use:
• Speak: to have the ABILITY to communicate in Navajo language
• Use: to ACTUALLY COMMUNICATE using the Navajo language
Example 1: A grandma is able to SPEAK Navajo fluently, and she USES Navajo to communicate everyday with her husband.
Example 2: A 14 year old boy can SPEAK some Navajo words, but only USES Navajo when he visits his elderly grandmother.
12. What was your first language?
Additional Comments about first language (optional):
Your answer
13. What language is used most in your home now?
Additional Comments about language spoken in home now (optional):
Your answer
14. Within your family, how many of your relatives can SPEAK Navajo?
All
Some
Few
None
Not Applicable
Grandparents
Parents/Guardians
Aunts & Uncles
Brothers, Sisters, and Cousins
Your Children
Your Grandchildren
Additional Comments about language spoken by relatives (optional):
Your answer
15. How well do you SPEAK Navajo?
Additional Comments about how well you SPEAK Navajo (optional):
Your answer
16. How well do you UNDERSTAND Navajo?
Additional Comments about how well you UNDERSTAND Navajo (optional):
Your answer
17. Can you carry on a conversation in Navajo?
Additional Comments carrying on a conversation in Navajo (optional):
Your answer
18. Can you express everything you want to in Navajo?
Additional Comments on expressing everything you want to in Navajo (optional):
Your answer
19. How often do you USE Navajo to communicate?
20. Where do you USE Navajo to communicate? (please mark all that apply)
Required
Additional Comments about where you USE Navajo (optional):
Your answer
21. From your experience, how well do Navajos in the following age groups UNDERSTAND Navajo? (please refer to definitions used above)
Fluently
Partially Fluent
Moderately
A little
Not at all
10-19 years old
20-29 years old
30-39 years old
40-49 years old
50-59 years old
60 years and older
22. How well do Navajos in each of these age groups SPEAK Navajo? (again, please refer to definitions above)
Fluently
Partially Fluent
Moderately
A little
Not at all
10-19 years old
20-29 years old
30-39 years old
40-49 years old
50-59 years old
60 years and older
23. How often do the people from the following age groups USE Navajo to communicate?
All-day, most days
Often
Some words per day
A few times per week
On special occasions
Not at all
10-19 years old
20-29 years old
30-39 years old
40-49 years old
50-59 years old
60 years and older
24.1 Please agree or disagree with the following statements
Strongly Agree
Agree
Disagree
Strongly Disagree
No Opinion /Not Applicable
I enjoy using Navajo language
I am proud to be a speaker of Navajo language
Navajo language is essential to Navajo identity
Navajo leaders should support Navajo language teaching and learning
Navajo language is used less frequently now than it was 10 years ago
Navajo language is in danger of being lost
I want my children to learn Navajo language
24.2 Please agree or disagree with the following statements
Strongly Agree
Agree
No Opinion /Not Applicable
Disagree
Strongly Disagree
If parents and grandparents speak Navajo, children are encouraged to speak Navajo language
If older brothers and sisters speak Navajo, children are encouraged to speak Navajo language
Speaking Navajo language is valuable in the modern world
Maintaining Navajo language is essential to the survival of the Navajo people
People who speak both Navajo and English well are better off in today's world
We should work hard to revitalize Navajo language
Navajo language and culture are important to me
Additional Comments about the above agree/disagree statements (optional)
Your answer
25. Do you have anything else to tell us about a Diné Studies/Navajo Language degree and or Navajo language and culture studies, in general?
Your answer
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