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ERIC Number: ED015826
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-May
Pages: 16
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Reference Count: 0
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CULTURAL DEPRIVATION--IDEAS FOR ACTION.
EDWARDS, THOMAS J.
EDUCATING THE CULTURALLY DIFFERENT LEARNER COULD BE IMPROVED THROUGH ACTION PROGRAMS PARALLELED BY EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH. THE IDENTIFICATION OF TRAITS AND ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS THAT REVERSE THE EFFECTS OF CULTURAL DEPRIVATION AND ALLOW INDIVIDUALS TO BREAK OUT FROM THEIR CULTURAL COCOONS AND THE PRESENTATION OF THE CURRICULUM TO THE CULTURALLY DIFFERENT LEARNER ARE TWO PROBLEMS NEEDING INVESTIGATION. BASIC LEARNING DEFICIENCIES AND PSYCHO-SOCIAL ADJUSTMENT NEEDS WHICH HANDICAP THE CULTURALLY DIFFERENT LEARNER SHOULD BE RECOGNIZED AND PROVIDED FOR. DIALECTICAL BARRIERS COULD BE CHECKED BY LINGUISTIC IMMERSION OR BY ALLOWING THE LEARNER MAXIMUM CONTACT WITH STANDARD AMERICAN ENGLISH SO HE COULD MASTER VOCABULARY, PRONUNCIATION, SYNTAX, AND IDIOMATIC EXPRESSIONS. LEVELS OF ASPIRATION AND CONCEPT OF SELF COULD BE RAISED BY CONSTANTLY REASSURING THE LEARNER OF HIS CAPACITY TO LEARN AND BY ALLOWING HIM SUCCESSES. KNOWLEDGE OF HIS EXPERIENTIAL BACKGROUND, VALUE SYSTEM, AND LINGUISTIC ORIENTATION IS AS SIGNIFICANT AS A CONTINUOUS ASSESSMENT OF HIS STRENGTHS, WEAKNESSES, AND PROGRESS. EVENTUALLY, EVERY CULTURALLY DIFFERENT LEARNER COULD BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE WITH DIGNITY, SELF-ACCEPTANCE, AND SELF-RESPECT. THIS PAPER WAS PRESENTED AT THE INTERNATIONAL READING ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE (SEATTLE, MAY 4-6, 1967). (NS)
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Identifiers: ILLINOIS; Illinois (Chicago); SCIENCE RESEARCH ASSOCIATES