ERIC Number: ED029932
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Jan-1
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Culturally Disadvantaged Pupils (Grades K-12). Unit IV: The Culturally Disadvantaged Mexican-American, Puerto Rican, Caucasian, and American Indian Pupil.
Johnson, Kenneth R.
The fourth in a series of teacher education units on the disadvantaged pupil discusses Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Appalachians and Southern white migrants, and American Indians. It is noted that the Negroes and whites are members of a subculture of the dominant culture, whereas the Spanish background and Indian pupils are products of different cultures and are faced with the added problem of straddling both cultures. The two Spanish background ethnic minorities share a number of characteristics but teachers should also be aware of the differences. The Puerto Ricans, for example, are urban and not so strongly tied to their cultural roots as the Mexican Americans. The Indians, Puerto Ricans, and Mexican Americans are also educationally handicapped by their foreign language background. The whites are more indifferent to schooling and present greater discipline problems. Assimilation and acculturation are probably hardest for the Indian students whose cultural background is the most different from that of traditional education. A summary, discussion questions, and a bibliography are included. For other units in this series see UD 005 367, UD 005 366, UD 006 842, UD 007 191, UD 006 841, and UD 005 472. (NH)
Descriptors: Acculturation, American Indians, Cultural Background, Cultural Differences, Cultural Influences, Disadvantaged, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Attitudes, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Materials, Language Handicaps, Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Southern Citizens, Subcultures, Whites
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Authoring Institution: Science Research Associates, Inc., Chicago, IL.