ERIC Number: ED120269
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
A Psychological Anthropologist's View of Ethnicity and Schooling.
Harrington, Charles C.
This paper reviews some significant research on ethnic variables as they relate to the process of schooling such as ethnicity and performance. Particular ethnic groups such as Spanish speaking subgroups in New York City, Mexican Americans, blacks, and American Indians are then discussed in order to provide a body of information as well as to suggest a number of unresolved theoretical and practical problems in understanding cultural pluralism. The importance of recognizing the possibility of different educational values among various ethnic groups and the ways in which particular ethnic groups evaluate competent performance is stressed and specifically illustrated using the Spanish speaking minorities in New York City. A review of the research on factors affecting school performance of Mexican Americans indicates a failure to recognize correctly the cultural differences that exist between this and the Anglo culture. The section on blacks reviews some of the seminal works conceptualizing black culture which have a profound effect on how we view black culture in its complex relationship to the larger white culture while the discussion on American Indians focuses on the acculturation difficulties unique to these people. The section on cultural pluralism discusses the ways in which a particular group can have a repertoire of behavior and the kinds of educational interventions that the society must provide in order to educate a multi-ethnic school population. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Failure, American Indians, Blacks, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Background, Cultural Context, Cultural Differences, Cultural Pluralism, Cultural Traits, Dominicans, Ethnic Groups, Ethnic Studies, Mexican Americans, Minority Group Children, Minority Groups, School Role, Social Structure, Spanish Speaking
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Inst. for Urban and Minority Education.; Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)