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ERIC Number: ED126168
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Changing Teacher's Perceptions: A Look at the Inner City Child's Environment.
Jacobs, Ellen G.; Derevensky, Jeffrey L.
Several questions are posed by this study which seeks to provide an indepth view of both the teacher's and the child's perspective of the inner city and environment. Among the questions are the following: whether the teacher's perception of the inner city child's environment would match the child's own perception; also given that a mismatch exists, would the teacher be able to alter his/her perceptions by discarding the myths in which he/she believes. An analysis of the data gathered from 78 children from elementary and secondary inner city schools in Montreal indicates that student teachers with minimal exposure to the inner city environment and those having few personal interactions with inner city children tend to view life in the inner city in terms of extreme poverty, deprivation, and degradation. A detailed analysis comparing the responses of those student teachers having no university training in inner city education reveals a marked misperception of the environment as compared with the perceptions of inner city children. In contrast, those student teachers with university training which includes a course on the urban child, tend to have perceptions which more closely approximate that of the inner city child. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Black Stereotypes, Cultural Context, Disadvantaged Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Influences, Ethnic Stereotypes, Inner City, Labeling (of Persons), Minority Group Children, Negative Attitudes, Racial Attitudes, Role Perception, Slum Environment, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education, Teacher Education Curriculum, Urban Environment
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada (Montreal)