ERIC Number: ED211675
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
A Study to Identify the Unique Criteria and Standards Needed for the Development of Successful Bilingual Vocational Programs. Part 2: Cultural Barriers. Final Report, from March 1, 1980 to June 30, 1981.
Thomas, Hollie B.; Marangos, Mary Anna
A Florida study identified cultural barriers that may impede students of different cultures from learning in vocational classrooms. One questionnaire was mailed to 15 subjects outside Florida and used as an interview format for 35 personnel of Florida bilingual vocational programs. These participants who were monolingual or bilingual with students from cultures other than their own identified cultural barriers. A second questionnaire was administered to 21 bilingual instructors of students of similar background who indicated their belief as to validity of the identified barriers. Barriers identified as valid included: unrealistic expectations of what school provides; greater differences between individuals than between groups; conflicts due to different beliefs relating to differences in color, ethnic background, social status, religion; instructor belief that all students should adapt to "Anglo" culture; teacher expectations not understood by students; no translators for teachers who do not know target language; students discouraged by lack of understanding who become disruptive; students who see themselves as dumb when they do not remember what they learned the previous day; student responses based on culture that cause teacher to think student is stupid; and students' trying to adapt new and conflicting values, losing respect for family values, or resenting new values. (Instruments are appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee. Div. of Vocational Education.
Authoring Institution: Florida State Univ., Tallahassee.
Identifiers: Culturally Different Students; Florida
Note: For a related document see CE 030 892.