ERIC Number: ED066545
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Publication Date: 1972
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Reeducating Teachers for Cultural Awareness: Preparation for Educating Mexican-American Children in Northern California. Praeger Special Studies in U. S. Economic and Social Development Series.
Baty, Roger M.
This is a report of an action-research study, designed to determine the effect of exposure to cultural, social, and economic diversity on selected attitudes of elementary school teachers. The research developed two thrusts. One was to investigate the effects of exposure to the usual classroom situation on teacher tolerance and teacher optimism. The other was to investigate the effects of exposure to an in-service training program, in addition to the usual classroom situation. The dependent variables--optimism about pupil, potential to achieve, and tolerance of minority self-assertiveness--were selected for their relevance to current inquiry in the broad area of preparing teachers to work more effectively with urban and suburban children. The goals of the in-service training program were to increase the teacher's understanding of the cultural background of the Mexican-American child, and to help the teacher find ways to increase the child's self-esteem. The goals would be accomplished, it was assumed, if teachers who participated became aware of their cultural blinders--their own assumptions--and became more concerned to learn about the cultural backgrounds of all their youngsters, not just Mexican-Americans. The course consisted of ten three-hour evening sessions held in a local school. Each session had three parts: (1) Lecture; (2) Question-and-answer period, followed by a coffee break; and, (3) Discussion groups. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Background, Cultural Education, Disadvantaged, Disadvantaged Youth, Inservice Teacher Education, Mexican Americans, Program Evaluation, Self Esteem, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Background
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