ERIC Number: ED034411
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: 0
Media and the Culturally Different Learner.
Conte, Joseph M.; Grimes, George H.
Not all poor people live in cities, but as the problems of those who do are intensified by the urban press, the needs of the urban poor of all racial and cultural backgrounds deserve emphasis. The children of these poor are oriented to the physical and visual rather than to the aural. They are content-centered, problem-centered, externally oriented, inductive, spatial rather than temporal, inclined to communicate through actions rather than words, short in attention span, characterized by significant gaps in learning, and lacking experiences of receiving approval for success in tasks. One solution to the needs of these learners is the language laboratory which teaches standard English as a second language. Further oral language programs serve as the underlying base for the development of reading and writing skills. Microteaching, interaction analysis, and simulation sensitize teachers to the problems of these learners by providing feedback and insights into the procedures and consequences of instructional decisions. The only positively significant means found so far of sensitizing the learner to a non-distorted view of the nature and operation of a pluralistic society is proximity to middle class students. A bibliography of resources is appended. (MM)
Descriptors: Disadvantaged, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Media, English (Second Language), Environmental Influences, Language Laboratories, Language Standardization, Microteaching, Nonstandard Dialects, Simulation, Sociolinguistics, Speech Communication, Urban Language, Urban Schools, Visual Perception
National Education Association, 1201 Sixteenth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 (Stock No. 381-11930, $1.00)
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Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.