ERIC Number: ED252634
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Perceptual Process in Teaching and Learning: Cross-Ethnic Comparisons.
Shade, Barbara J.
The way in which sources of information are perceived in the classroom, in this case by American Indian and Afro-American students, greatly influences the learning process, for the perception determines both the amount of mental effort or cognitive engagement the student decides to invest and the cognitive processes used. Perceptions are influenced, not only by the physiological characteristics of each student, but also by the psychological dimensions that determine the student's selective attention. From all indications, both the perception of the classroom environment and the types of cues which are most salient, and thus most motivating, for Indian and Afro-American students differ from those promoted within the school. It would, therefore, appear that in order to increase the acquisition of the content which these students need in order to function in the general society, changes in teaching methods are needed to accommodate the perceptual orientations of the students and to increase the salience of the message schools wish decoded. (RDN)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (Toronto, Canada, August 24-28, 1984).