ERIC Number: ED192985
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar-19
Reference Count: 0
Una Buena Maestra/A Good Teacher: A Preliminary Report of Parental Views in a Texas School District.
To examine the question of how and to what extent Mexican American and Anglo mothers differed in their assessments of desirable role behavior for the teachers of their children, a 27-item Likert-type scale was devised and used to interview 10 Mexican American and 10 Anglo mothers. The questionnaire, written in both Spanish and English, was designed to examine several different dimensions of the teacher's role. While some of the results were in accord with published literature concerning linguistic and cultural differences between Mexican American and Anglo populations, some literature based differences which might have been expected did not appear in this sample. Both Mexican American and Anglo mothers made "field sensitive" choices concerning teachers' warmth, friendliness and affection with students and praises of students. Both groups of mothers placed high importance on rigorous and demanding teaching standards. More Mexican American mothers stressed competitiveness than did Anglo mothers. Though this research was preliminary in nature, was not based on random sampling, and may have been influenced by uncontrolled socioeconomic variables, the survey method provided questions for future study. Table 1 details the study's results. (CM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology (40th, Denver, CO, March 19-20, 1980).