ERIC Number: ED123021
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: N/A
Problems and Issues in Preparing Teachers of Bicultural Chicano Youngsters.
Arciniega, Tomas A.
The greatest impact on public education and the preparation of professional personnel for public schools has been the thrust to equalize educational opportunities for minorities. This push has been complicated by such things as the way educators define equality of educational opportunities. Two basic and differing views have been revealed--the equal access view and the equal benefits view. Schools can look "positively" or "negatively" at the consequences or effects of Mexican group membership on student achievement and performance. In addition, educators view the causes of student performance as being primarily "internal" or "external." By juxtaposing the external-internal continuum with the positive-negative one, a four-fold classification scheme for analyzing educational approaches in the Mexican American's education is obtained, i.e., a culturally pluralistic approach. Probably the most serious problem fact of present school organization is that schools are geared primarily to serve monolingual, white, middle class, Anglo clients. However, assuming a genuine commitment toward a culturally pluralistic system, the system change response needs to involve the use of minority language, include minority history and cultural heritage materials in the curriculum increase representation of minority members in key role and decision-making positions, and improve counseling and testing programs. (NQ)
Descriptors: Biculturalism, Bilingual Education, Change Strategies, Cultural Pluralism, Definitions, Educational Attitudes, Educational Problems, Equal Education, Higher Education, Mexican Americans, Nontraditional Education, School Role, Teacher Education
Institute for Cultural Pluralism, San Diego State University, 5544 1/2 Hardy Ave., San Diego, California 92182 ($1.00) -- limited quantity
Publication Type: Books
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Authoring Institution: San Diego State Univ., CA. Inst. for Cultural Pluralism.