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ERIC Number: ED102114
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964-Oct-17
Pages: 14
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Reference Count: 0
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Tutoring the Disadvantaged Child.
Riessman, Frank
Although tutoring can be very helpful to disadvantaged students, as can preschool experiences, neither of them is fundamental. The fundamental job consists of a basic change in the character of the school system itself from a middle-class situation to a more representative one, and intensive teacher training programs aimed toward building teacher respect for disadvantaged children and their families. Because the school system is failing these students, the tutor becomes very important. To help the student, the tutor must know something about the culture of the low-income person and the students' way of learning. Most of these students benefit tremendously if they can learn by seeing, touching, feeling, and doing. A teacher's style is also important, and these students seem to be most attracted to "informal authority." A tutor can greatly help the disadvantaged student by teaching him/her some of the "know-hows" of the school: how to take tests, how to listen, how to study. There are many types of teaching technology that may have special value for low-income students including the use of "hip" language in formal lessons. This can be done, for example, by presenting poems using the language or compiling dictionaries of "hip" words. Another aspect is the whole area of students helping each other. Our schools are certainly not perfect, and these disadvantaged students can contribute an enormous amount toward helping us change them. (PB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Presented at the Tutor Orientation Symposium (October 17, 1964)