ERIC Number: ED213684
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
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Anglo-American and Cuban-American Teachers' Perception of Elementary School Boys and Girls.
Dempsey, Arthur D.
The attitudes of Cuban- and Anglo-American elementary school teachers concerning boys and girls were compared. It appears to be generally accepted in Anglo-American culture that males are considered hostile and aggressive in school situations, while females are considered passive and conforming. Conversely, in the Latin American cultures, the essence of the male is emotional, earthly, and courteous, and of the female is controlled, spiritual, and assertive. Teachers from different cultural backgrounds expect different behaviors from boys and girls. Sixty-six Anglo-American and 42 Cuban-American elementary school teachers were given a semantic differential scale based on terms descriptive of elementary school boys and girls and asked to check terms they thought most descriptive of the behaviors and attitudes of the different sexes. Anglo-American teachers tended to find boys more giggly, silent, bossy, steady, open, vexing, factual, rational, bad, ugly, independent, and obtrusive. Cuban-American teachers tended to find boys more morose, dependent, talkative, shy, protective, creative, pleasing, emotional, sweet, pretty, and imaginative. Anglo-American teachers found girls more virile, obtrusive, mischievous, sharing, straightforward, careless, dependent, quiet, and cowardly. Cuban-American teachers tended to find girls more prissy, shy, malicious, sneaky, independent, loud, brave, and selfish. These differences in perceptions are not considered inherently bad since some of the traits of males and females considered negative by one culture are considered positive by the other. It is hoped that teachers from different cultural backgrounds would be made aware of possible conflicts which their expectations might cause when working with children from cultural backgrounds different from their own. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Florida