ERIC Number: ED207233
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug-17
Reference Count: 0
Cultural Awareness of Minority Groups: Some Implications for School-Community Interaction.
Interaction between minority groups and local schools can be improved through increased cultural awareness by schools. School districts' responsiveness to the dominant social influences of the local community, coupled with minorities' reluctance to participate in school affairs, has helped deprive minority children of exposure to the unique elements of their ethnic heritage. Cultural differences between minorities and school personnel in such elements as grammar, style, gestures, and postures lead to communication problems. Administrators must become more aware of cultural differences and improve their own intercultural communications skills. Institutions responsible for training educational administrators can help to alleviate such communication problems by providing courses and workshops on cross-cultural communication. (JEH)
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Administrator Role, Communication Problems, Communication Skills, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Influences, Cultural Traits, Culture Conflict, Elementary Secondary Education, Minority Group Influences, Racial Relations, School Community Relationship
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Intercultural Communication
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference of Professors of Educational Administration (35th, Seattle, WA, August 16-21, 1981).