ERIC Number: ED238623
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
What Counselors, Educators and Psychologists Should Know about the Hispanic Culture in Order to Work More Effectively with Hispanic Exceptional Students and Their Parents.
A 400-item questionnaire was designed to provide information on two outstanding research questions: whether a describable Hispanic culture exists in the United States, and if so, what special cultural characteristics should be taken into account in identifying and educating Hispanic exceptional students. English and Spanish versions of the questionnaire, developed with data collected from pertinent literature and from a large group of Hispanic professionals involved in educating or preparing teachers to educate Hispanic exceptional children, were distributed to 1,336 self-selected parents and professionals. The 469 respondents from 21 states and 2 foreign countries included 292 Hispanics. Among the 469 respondents were 398 professionals (educators, special educators, psychologists, counselors), 31 students, and 22 parents. Hispanic and non-Hispanic professionals agreed that a describable Latin American culture exists as do cultural common denominators for Hispanics in the same socioeconomic class. They agreed that, presented appropriately, such cultural information could be useful in preparing professionals to work with Hispanic exceptional students. While Hispanic professionals agreed on those traits characterizing Hispanics, non-Hispanic professionals either did not know if the traits were characteristic or identified other traits instead. Results indicated that preservice and inservice training should help make professionals culturally literate. (SB)
Descriptors: Anglo Americans, Comparative Analysis, Counseling Techniques, Counselors, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Traits, Elementary Secondary Education, Exceptional Persons, Hispanic American Culture, Hispanic Americans, Opinions, Parents, Psychologists, Questionnaires, Research Methodology, Special Education, Teachers, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento. Div. of Special Education.
Authoring Institution: San Jose State Univ., CA. Dept. of Special Education.