ERIC Number: ED228169
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
The St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands, Public School Primary Teacher: A Profile.
Delemos, Valerie A.; Youngblood, Chester E.
Responses to a questionnaire seeking information on personal characteristics, opinions, and practices were received from 90 primary public school teachers in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. The instrument included questions on age, ethnic background, sex, educational background, and previous teaching experience. Opinions were also sought on professional attitudes. A profile of a St. Croix teacher, drawn from the findings, indicates that the typical St. Croix primary teacher is female, age 34, with a West Indian ethnic heritage. She has not taken courses in multicultural education but fully understands the St. Croix dialect. She has taken courses in language arts, child psychology, and the teaching of mathematics and reading, and she has taken a college course as recently as 1980 or 1981. She is undecided about her ultimate professional goals. The average primary teacher believes pupils should pass a competency test in basics before promotion and favors cross-grade grouping as an instructional approach. She prefers a class size of under 25 children. She is undecided about the value of a primary level bilingual-bicultural education, and is doubtful about having handicapped pupils mainstreamed into her class. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Virgin Islands (Saint Croix)