ERIC Number: ED025367
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Preparing Teachers for Mexican American Children.
Carter, Thomas P.
The school is presently the primary social institution directed by the community to assume a major role in taking steps to improve the Mexican American's status. The school has 3 possible avenues for action in correcting low school and societal achievement: (1) change the child, (2) change the school, or (3) change the social systems. Responsibility for such changes is passed on to the teachers. However, the teachers' failure to understand the interrelationships between culture, society, personality, and behavior often impedes this change. Thus, teacher improvement, in addition to other institutional changes, can contribute to raised Mexican American group status. Changes must occur in present teacher preparation programs, in teachers, and in schools. Cooperation between schools and teacher preparation institutions can produce changes which will ultimately trickle down to the real clients--children. (SW)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Education, Educational Problems, Ethnic Groups, Mexican American Education, Mexican Americans, Minority Group Children, Minority Group Teachers, Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Improvement
Manager, Dup. Serv., NMSU, P.O. Box 3CB, Las Cruces, N.M. 88001 ($1.00, over 5 copies $0.85 each)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Las Cruces, NM.
Note: Paper prepared for the Conf. on Teacher Educ. for Mexican Americans, New Mexico State Univ., February 13-15, 1969.