ERIC Number: ED271154
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Mar-31
Reference Count: 0
The New Immigrants: Implications for Educators.
Cortada, Rafael L.
The implications of cultural pluralism for teachers are enormous and largely unstated and unanalyzed. The elements of demographic change that challenge the nation include the influx of new populations, the cultural diversity among native-born groups, and the growth of minority populations especially in major and secondary urban centers and among younger population cohorts. For American education, meeting the challenge of cultural diversity involves: (1) efforts to reverse the trend toward homogeneity among teaching staffs to ensure that teachers reflect the growing diversity of students; (2) development of teacher education programs that prepare teachers to deal with students with a variety of language bases, value systems, and learning styles; (3) emphasis on second language learning in the elementary/secondary curriculum; (4) development of student assessment efforts that define strengths as well as weaknesses; (5) understanding of cultural determinants of cognitive style; and (6) the creation of learning environments that are supportive and responsive to very different individuals. Educators will have to analyze the implications of cultural pluralism with more realism and candor to find the educational path that will promote the cohesiveness and literacy of the nation. (RO)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the National Catholic Educational Association (Anaheim, CA, March 31-April 3, 1986).