ERIC Number: ED226897
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Four Hispanic Groups: Oral and Social Traditions, Education and Play Implications for Educators.
Cintron de Esteves, Carmen; Spicola, Rose F.
To determine if there are common factors which all teachers of Hispanic children should be acquainted with in order to facilitate the education of Hispanics, a study was conducted of 4 Hispanic groups (25 Mexican Americans, 23 Puerto Ricans, 20 Cubans, and 17 Venezuelans). Eighty-five families, together with their children ranging in age from 4-60 months, and extended families were interviewed in both English and Spanish. The four groups revealed intriguing similarities and differences with regard to oral and social traditions, education, play, and television. Oral traditions were alive among Hispanics and it is only through use that continuity will be preserved. Among all the groups, Hispanic traditions brought by the "conquistadores" and taught by the Catholic Church have been maintained. For all groups the family was their first priority in life. Education was highly encouraged in all groups. Most of the Hispanic children liked to play outside in activities that required energy and movement. There was heavy use of television. Schools need to offer more challenging and appropriate programs for Hispanic children, perhaps including more Hispanic culture. Teachers can help establish better communication with children through play, games, and songs. Educators should be aware of parents' expectations. (BRR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Oral Tradition; Teacher Awareness; Venezuelans
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (Chicago, IL, April 26-30, 1982).