ERIC Number: ED194737
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Acculturation of Late-Arriving Refugees: A New Job for Adult Educators.
Smith, Kathleen A.
Late-arriving Laotian refugees to the United States who are Yao Tribal mountain people face complex problems in adapting in Western culture and therefore pose perplexing problems for adult educators. Some of the dramatic adjustment difficulties center around the following areas of concern: (1) health and sanitation (normal body functions, immunizations, dental care), (2) inadequate clothing, (3) food preparation and preservation, and (4) superstition, myths, and religion. The educational philosophy best suited to the needs of these late-arriving refugees is the experience curriculum. Their acculturation is best accomplished in a new, broadly based English language class which centers around their needs and problems and which uses and adapts materials from the local county extension department, health department, and other social service agencies. (YLB)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Adjustment (to Environment), Adult Education, Beliefs, Clothing, Cultural Differences, Cultural Traits, Dental Health, English (Second Language), Experiential Learning, Food, Health, Immunization Programs, Laotians, Non English Speaking, Refugees, Religion, Sanitation, Second Language Learning, Subcultures
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Superstition; Yao (Tribe)
Note: Paper presented at the National Adult Education Conference (St. Louis, MO, November 5, 1980).