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ERIC Number: ED124655
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 113
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Developing a Cultural Awareness Scale: An Assessment of Sensitivity to Cultural Differences in Children From the "Culture of Poverty."
Robinson, Mildred Blackwell
The purpose of this study was to develop an instrument which could be used to: (1) assess teacher sensitivity to cultural differences in children from the culture of poverty that could influence learning style; (2) help teachers recognize and interpret classroom behaviors that signal the presence of these cultural differences; and, (3) help supervisors ascertain the needs of teachers who work with children from the culture of poverty. Descriptive statements were collected regarding patterns of material and behavioral arrangements adopted by persons in poverty. These statements were classified and aligned to give a picture of the culture and to provide a basis for the construction of items used in the scale. From the item pool 60 items were selected for a pilot study. Three groups responded to the questionnaire: 20 social workers, 25 experienced teachers, and 37 undergraduate seniors studying Elementary Education. The final instrument consisted of 43 items which were divided into 2 scales. Scale I included the first 33 items which were written to assess sensitivity to specific characteristics of children from the poverty sub-culture. Scale 2 included the last 10 items which were worded to ascertain the respondent's feeling about the school's responsibility to children from the poverty sub-culture. This final instrument was administered to 109 subjects. (Author/JM)
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