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ERIC Number: ED057971
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 19
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Modification of Teacher Behavior in Teaching the Mexican-American.
Garcia, Ernesto F.
The need for modification of teacher behavior in teaching the Mexican American occurs primarily in 2 areas. First, the teacher must seek ways to improve her teaching by learning how to plan for, produce, and evaluate behavioral changes in her pupils. Writing instructional objectives in behavioral terms, learning ways to assess the effectiveness of verbal and nonverbal interaction, and understanding the use of positive reinforcement can all contribute greatly to changes in how the teacher approaches the teaching task. The second aspect of teacher behavior is concerned with knowledge about the culture that the Mexican American child brings to school. It is understood that the knowledge itself will not produce changes in attitudes and expectations about the pupils. However, accurate information which the teacher can use as she observes pupil behavior can often be the key as to whether she will show sensitivity, appreciation, or a positive attitude. Modification of these 2 aspects of teacher behavior is a necessity if Mexican American pupils are to benefit to the fullest from an educational system that has failed them in the past. It is not unreasonable to ask that change take place to make teachers more effective in the classroom and that this effectiveness in pedagogy be enhanced by knowledge of the culture of the Mexican American. (JH)
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Sponsor: Southwestern Cooperative Educational Lab., Albuquerque, NM.
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