ERIC Number: ED184623
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Mexican American Cultural Institute Cultural Development In-Service Program.
Luna, Pedro R.
A study was undertaken by the Mexican American Cultural Institute at Rio Hondo College to determine the effectiveness of an in-service program to increase administrator awareness and understanding of Mexican Americans. A 50-item questionnaire sought information on knowledge of the Mexican American and of Mexican American culture; stereotypes about Mexican Americans; monolingualism and bilingualism; law and law enforcement; Anglo and Mexican American relationships; Mexican American self-determination; parents, culture, and community; opportunity in schools; and the melting pot and equality-for-all syndrome. Of the 26 program participants, 20 responded to both a pre- and post-test. Their answers were compared to those of a control group of 10 Chicano professors. Study results show that, after the program, the responses of the experimental group moved significantly closer to those of the control group on only 8 of the 50 items. The perceptions of the groups differed with regard to: (1) the meanings of "Spanish American" and "Mexican American"; (2) the role of employer-held stereotypes in retarding the upward mobility of Mexican Americans; (3) the degree to which Mexican Americans enjoy equal protection under the law; (4) Anglo perceptions of the ability of Mexican Americans to participate in government; (5) the value of school as an educational institution; and (6) the opportunity for advancement of immigrants in the United States. The questionnaire is appended. (JP)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Attitude Change, Bilingualism, Community Colleges, Cultural Activities, Cultural Awareness, Educational Opportunities, Equal Protection, Ethnic Relations, Ethnic Stereotypes, Faculty Development, Hispanic American Culture, Inservice Education, Mexican Americans, Monolingualism, Pretests Posttests, School Surveys, Self Determination, Social Bias, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rio Hondo Coll., Whittier, CA.