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ERIC Number: ED151472
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 23
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The Cross-Cultural Problems of Immigrant Portuguese Students in American Schools.
Grove, Cornelius Lee
On the basis of research among the Portuguese in a Massachusetts district, the author finds that two features of the culture of the school in the United States contrast sharply with the corresponding features in Portugal: the degree of "social freedom" and "pedagogical freedom" allowed students. The behavioral parameters of these differences are detailed. American teachers deal with students in ways unfamiliar and even demeaning to immigrant Portuguese students because of the American emphasis upon operational thinking and because Americans tend to overprotect children. The educational consequences of these deep cultural patterns are delineated. Special adjustment problems of three categories of immigrant Portuguese secondary students are then outlined. Although the problems in all three cases are similar, the greatest difficulty will be experienced by those who had legally discontinued their education in Portugal and then had been gainfully employed prior to immigrating and re-entering school in the U.S. But those who were attending the non-compulsory liceus in Portugal prior to immigrating also will find unfamiliar numerous features of high school culture and will be disappointed by the absence of any academic challenge. However, the kind and helpful attention given to all students by American teachers is an ameliorative factor. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts