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ERIC Number: ED180704
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
Pages: 79
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
A Film Study of Classrooms in Western Alaska.
Collier, Malcolm
The detailed description and analysis of how "pace" and "flow" affect the quality of interaction in five filmed cross-cultural classroom situations amongst the Alaskan Yupik Eskimos provide illustrations of how the educational process can be helped or hindered by the manner in which students and teachers come together. The film analysis finds distinct differences between Anglo and Native patterns of pace and movement: the slow pace of the Alaskan Natives is accompanied by a soft and rounded style of movement, while Anglos exhibit a fast to moderate pace with linear, abrupt movements. The pace of each group appears to be independent of the other when together and mutual adjustments in pace between groups are few. The analysis suggests that the discrepancy between the Anglo teachers and Native destroy the communication process in the classrooms. Even minor accommodations destroy the communication process in the classrooms. Even minor accomodations on the part of the teachers serve to improve somewhat on the unfortunate pattern. The study confirms the importance of Native teachers for educational success in Alaska, with the critical factor being the nature of their training. Regardless of educational paraphernalia, curriculum content, or even teacher dedication, education cannot occur if there is poor communication in the classroom. (NEC)
Center for Cross Cultural Studies, University of Alaska, 7th Floor Gruening Building, Fairbanks, AK 99701 ($5.00 ea., $3.50 ea. for 10 or more copies)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alaska