ERIC Number: ED131996
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Preparing Teachers of Mexican Americans: A Sociocultural and Political Issue.
Arciniega, Tomas A.
One of the principal obstacles to equalizing educational opportunities in the public schools has been the difficulty in achieving consensus among educational leaders on what is meant by "equal educational opportunity". This shortcoming is critical because how one defines equality determines and shapes the approaches used to attack the problems perceived in the system. The few actual changes and reforms that have been brought about in the education of minorities have resulted from court imposed mandates. Education has failed to respond more effectively to the needs of minorities because of its insistence on continuing old value assumptions about the nature of minority cultures, a basic unwillingness to institute major changes, and the flat refusal of schools and universities to collaborate and involve in a meaningful way the ethnic communities. Teacher educators need to begin facing the reality that the focus of current reform efforts has to be the schools and universities. This monograph focuses on the implications of this imperative for teacher preparation programs which purport to serve the needs of Mexican Americans. The monograph addresses: (1) the problems and issues in equalizing educational opportunities in this country; (2) the state of the art in preparing teachers of Mexican Americans; and (3) the need for change and an alternative model. (Author/NQ)
Descriptors: Accountability, Competency Based Teacher Education, Cultural Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Improvement, Educational Opportunities, Equal Education, Higher Education, Mexican Americans, Political Issues, Social Influences, State of the Art Reviews, Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Teaching Models
National Educational Laboratory Publishers, Inc., 813 Airport Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78702 (Stock No. EC-042, $3.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Las Cruces, NM.