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ERIC Number: ED012710
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 42
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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SCHOOL DAYS.
BEKER, JEROME; AND OTHERS
TO DETERMINE WHETHER PUBLIC SCHOOL EDUCATION IS "DIFFERENT" IN INNER CITY, SUBURBAN, AND RURAL ENVIRONMENTS, THIS OBSERVATIONAL PILOT STUDY UNDERTOOK TO DEFINE TEACHER AND PUPIL PERCEPTION AND EXPECTATION OF SCHOOL. A FIRST- AND A SIXTH-GRADE CLASS IN EACH OF THE THREE ENVIRONMENTS WAS OBSERVED IN DEPTH, WITH TEACHERS AND STUDENTS ASKED TO RESPOND TO FIVE QUESTIONS ON WHAT THEY CONSIDERED AN "IDEAL STUDENT." ONLY SIXTH-GRADE DATA WERE USED (FIRST GRADES WERE HARDER TO DIFFERENTIATE, EITHER BECAUSE FEWER LEARNED PATTERNS OR SIMILAR TREATMENT OF YOUNG CHILDREN BY TEACHERS). SCHOOL RECORDS SHOWED STUDENT BACKGROUND, APPARENT ABILITY, AND ACHIEVEMENT DIFFERED PREDICTABLY (RURAL AND INNER CITY STUDENTS APPEARED LESS ABLE AND/OR LESS EFFECTIVELY EDUCATED, SUBURBAN STUDENTS WERE MOST HOMOGENEOUS, INNER CITY AND RURAL SIXTH GRADES SERVED AN OLDER AND WIDER AGE RANGE, INNER CITY INTELLIGENCE AND ACHIEVEMENT SCORES WERE MOST VARIABLE). INNER CITY PUPIL ATTITUDES PROVED NEGATIVE--SUBURBAN, POSITIVE AND RURAL, PASSIVE. ALTHOUGH ALL THREE TEACHERS WERE COMMITTED TO THEIR WORK, ALL REINFORCED BEHAVIOR ALREADY THERE, AND EACH CLASSROOM WAS NEGATIVE AND DAMAGING IN SOME RESPECTS. THE INNER CLASS HAD A CUSTODIAL ATMOSPHERE, THE SUBURBAN CLASS SEEMED "PREP," AND THE RURAL CLASS WAS ONLY BEING EDUCATED FOR RURAL LIFE. THIS DOCUMENT WILL BE PUBLISHED IN "AMONG THE PEOPLE--ENCOUNTERS WITH THE POOR." BY BASIC BOOKS, 404 PARK AVENUE SOUTH, NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10016, IN 1968. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: Syracuse Univ., NY. Youth Development Center.
Identifiers: New York (Syracuse)