ERIC Number: ED044230
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Development and Evaluation of Educational Materials on Mexican Americans. Final Report.
B'nai B'rith, New York, NY. Anti-Defamation League.
As an exploratory effort to introduce positive change in an ongoing educational process, this project had as its prime objective the development and distribution of educational materials which would inform students and the general community on the Mexican American and thereby increase understanding, reduce prejudice, and improve the self-image of the Mexican American. Three publications and 2 half-hour films were developed for this purpose. Companion objectives of the project were (1) to endeavor to integrate the publications into curricula and other educational processes of schools, (2) to reverse the self-fulfilling tendencies of low expectations for Mexican American students by enhancing self-esteem, (3) to make it possible for the teacher to understand the culture the child brings to the school, (4) to disseminate the publications and films to the general public, and (5) to evaluate an ongoing basis the impact of the materials on various audiences and to suggest directions for future efforts. According to the document, one can conclude that the purposes were accomplished. More important, however, the project has pointed out how little those people who work with the Mexican American know about his culture, his heritage, and the obstacles he faces. (EJ)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Education, Curriculum Enrichment, Developmental Programs, Educational Improvement, Films, Information Dissemination, Instructional Materials, Mexican Americans, Program Evaluation, Publications, School Community Programs, Self Concept, Social Change
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: B'nai B'rith, New York, NY. Anti-Defamation League.