ERIC Number: ED389821
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
A Teacher's Construction of Success among Non-Elite Children in an Heterogeneous Urban Setting.
Statzner, Elsa L.
A study was conducted in a middle to upper class neighborhood in a Minnesota city to determine the practices that the Spanish teacher used to encourage full student participation and to consider whether the Freirian view of education can furnish an adequate framework for understanding this teacher's practices. Of the school's more than 500 students, about 56% were minority, and many were of lower socioeconomic status. All materials used in the Spanish classes, which were attended by all children for 1 hour each week, were prepared by the teacher herself. During the 1990-91 school year, all six second-third grade Spanish classes (176 children) had been observed. The ideas of P. Freire provided a framework and methodology that did not bias the data through preconceptions. The teacher's teaching practices created interdependence, cooperation, and a new classroom culture. Games were the medium she used to socialize the children out of endemic school failure and to make learning dynamic. A generative theme was used as a springboard to social awareness and as a tool to lead students toward mutual respect and tolerance. Participation by elite and non-elite students required tailoring learning opportunities to the students' individual needs. (Contains 22 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Constructivism (Learning), Cultural Awareness, Educational Practices, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Grade 3, Heterogeneous Grouping, Minority Groups, Primary Education, Second Language Instruction, Spanish, Student Motivation, Teacher Effectiveness, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Elites; Freire (Paulo); Minnesota
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 18-22, 1995).