ERIC Number: ED201439
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Children of Different Cultural Backgrounds: A Survey of 1976-1977 Graduates from Nedlands College of Advanced Education. Report Number 7.
A survey directed to all teachers who graduated with a Diploma of Teaching from Nedlands College of Advanced Education (Western Australia) in 1976-1977 and who had completed at least one year of teaching incorporated four basic aims: (1) to ascertain the number of teachers who had students with different cultural backgrounds; (2) to identify the nature of the cultural differences; (3) to examine the extent of the problem; and (4) to solicit interest in a more detailed follow-up study. From 390 questionnaires mailed, 120 teachers responded with information on geographic teaching locations, teaching fields, characteristics of students' ethnic backgrounds, college course preparations, training and curriculum needs and willingness to participate in a follow-up survey. Results indicated that a substantial number of beginning teachers had contact with Aboriginal and/or non-English speaking migrant students. The teachers, distributed throughout seven regional divisions and representing most teaching fields, perceived Aboriginal students as being more disadvantaged than migrant students, and reported only limited college preparation for working with culturally-different students. Most indicated a willingness to participate in a follow-up study. The letters and questionnaire used, and the responses, are appended. (JD)
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Disadvantaged Youth, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Migrant Education, Rural Education, Student Characteristics, Student Subcultures, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education, Teacher Effectiveness
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nedlands Coll. of Advanced Education (Australia).
Identifiers: Aboriginal People; Australia (Western Australia)