ERIC Number: ED243626
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Feb
Reference Count: 0
A Model for Mathematics Teaching Effectiveness for Mexican-American Students.
Hernandez, Norma G.
Guided by the assumption that teaching methods found successful with the majority cultural group can be utilized effectively with Mexican American students, except where there is clear, significant research evidence to the contrary, the model suggests an instructional approach to improve mathematics achievement of elementary Mexican American students. The model follows a format of planning, implementation, and assessment of instruction, and is modified relative to the influence of language development, low-income parents, and classroom climate on the academic achievement of Mexican Americans. Planning encompasses identification of cognitive entry levels of performance in language and mathematics, externalization of objectives, and selection of instructional techniques and materials. Implementing instruction requires effective use of allotted instructional time in a class format providing set induction, presentation of new material, supervised practice with feedback, homework, and review. To achieve optimum results, student/teacher interaction during implementation should emphasize correct oral English and Spanish usage, corrective feedback and reinforcement, equal expectations for Mexican American students as for the majority, and teacher indication that students are expected to learn because they are capable of learning. Assessment includes both formative and summative assessments of student achievement made in relation to the stated objectives and assessment of effectiveness of instruction through teacher self-evaluation and colleague observation. (NEC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Bilingual Education, Cultural Influences, Elementary Education, Instructional Improvement, Mathematics, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Mexican American Education, Mexican Americans, Models, Spanish Speaking, Teacher Effectiveness
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education Conference (San Antonio, TX, February 1, 1984).