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ERIC Number: ED108464
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Apr-19
Pages: 8
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Teacher as Learner: A Year with the Mississippi Choctaw Indians.
Peterson, Jan Paukert
Journal of Applied Communication Research, Spring 1975
This paper describes the experience of a Basic Speech teacher with college-age Choctaw Indian students enrolled in a combination college and vocational training program. In the process of teaching basic speech techniques, the teacher learned a valuable lesson in Choctaw cultural patterns. Time concepts; social etiquette such as name-giving, criticism, and eye contact; and the idea of group activity as opposed to personal competition had to be dealt with in terms of differing Anglo and Choctaw norms; and adjustments were made on both sides. Choctaw humor was also discovered. The greatest lessons learned, however, were a respect for the Choctaws' tolerance, refusal to make anyone feel ill at ease, and determination to respond to the Anglo world in terms of their own culture. (AM)
Journal of Applied Communication Research, Drawer NJ, Mississippi State, Mississippi 39762 ($2.50)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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