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ERIC Number: ED113008
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Sep
Pages: 32
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Values and the Process of Education: A Comparison of the Values of Junior College Freshmen and Faculty in Puerto Rico and on the Mainland.
Calem, Leanore
In order to measure the cultural, institutional, and personal values of students and faculty at three California junior colleges (urban, suburban, and rural), the Rokeach Value Survey was administered to over 1,500 subjects in 1968. This study compares the data generated in the California survey to data generated by administering a Spanish language version of the same survey to 76 faculty and 86 students at a private urban junior college in Puerto Rico in 1975. The traditional Hispanic deference values of obedience and politeness are more important to the Puerto Rican students and faculty than to their Californian counterparts, who placed a higher value on freedom and independent action. In contrast to the California respondents' rankings, the welfare values in Puerto Rico (a comfortable life, sense of accomplishment, ambition, capability) are disvalued in relation to the deference values. The high rank given to salvation in Puerto Rico reflects traditional values. Comparing Puerto Rican rankings to those of an American sample in the same economic group reveals that culture, not economics, is the differentiating factor. The implications the results carry for the importation of teaching strategies from the mainland are analyzed, and a series of recommendations for adapting teaching methods to Puerto Rico are presented. (NHM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Puerto Rico
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Rokeach Value Survey