ERIC Number: ED064439
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr-8
Reference Count: 0
Crosscultural Miscommunication in the Classroom.
Dulay, Heidi; Shultz, Jeffrey
Communication between students and teachers is a basic requirement for learning to take place in a classroom. Like words and phrases, behaviors carry specific meanings which may vary across cultures. When teachers are not aware of cultural differences, when they assume that a behavior has a particular meaning while students assume it has another, then there is a misunderstanding--a breakdown in communication. One basic reason for the failure of Puerto Rican students in mainland classrooms is the lack of communication between them and their Anglo teachers--due to a lack of crosscultural sensitivity. The purpose of this research project was to find evidence of culture conflicts, resulting in miscommunication between Puerto Rican students and Anglo students. Four classes in a Boston public school were observed and tape recorded, and information compiled on Puerto Rican culture and the Anglo teacher subculture. The findings encompassed instances of miscommunication manifested by the behavior of the students and teachers which could be explained by their respective cultural norms. [This document has been reproduced from the best available copy.] (Authors/RJ)
Descriptors: Anglo Americans, Classroom Communication, Classroom Environment, Communication Problems, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Cultural Influences, Culture Conflict, Failure, Puerto Rican Culture, Puerto Ricans, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Behavior
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Language Research Foundation, Cambridge, MA.
Identifiers: Massachusetts; Massachusetts (Boston)
Note: Paper presented at the joint annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology and the American Ethnological Society, Montreal, P.Q., April 8, 1972