ERIC Number: ED343975
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov-12
Reference Count: N/A
New York State United Teachers 1991 Education Opinion Survey. Final Report. Section II. Public Attitudes on the Debate over Multicultural Education in New York State.
Fact Finders, Inc., Delmar, NY.
Public opinion about multicultural education in New York State was surveyed with samples ranging from about 200 to over 900 citizens. Three quarters of New York State residents believe that teaching the common heritage and values that Americans share is a very important goal of public education. There is some support for teaching history from the perspective of separate histories and differences of racial and ethnic groups, but only 45 percent considered this "very" important. Three-quarters of the respondents believe that the content of social studies courses should be the same in every state school. Two-thirds disagree that each school should teach social studies based on the ethnic and racial backgrounds of students. A majority disagreed with the statement that students do better if courses center on their own racial and ethnic histories. Almost nine of ten respondents believe that students should be taught both traditional events of United States history and the contributions and experiences of racial and ethnic populations. New York residents tend to believe that teaching children social responsibility and pride in racial and ethnic backgrounds, families, rather than schools, have primary responsibility. Thirty-six tables and 14 graphs present response data. (SLD)
Descriptors: Course Content, Cultural Pluralism, Educational Attitudes, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Groups, Ethnocentrism, Minority Groups, Multicultural Education, Public Opinion, Racial Differences, School Role, Social Integration, Social Studies, State Surveys, United States History, Values Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York State United Teachers.
Authoring Institution: Fact Finders, Inc., Delmar, NY.
Identifiers: New York; New York State United Teachers