ERIC Number: ED310186
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Asian and Pacific Islander Concerns. Report of the Study Committee.
National Education Association, Washington, DC.
This report on the educational concerns of Asian and Pacific Islanders is part of a four-part study of minority education in the United States by the National Education Association (NEA). Data were gathered from 14 site visits to a wide variety of schools and programs and from the testimony of over 50 representatives of community organizations, federal and state agencies that have Asian and Pacific Islander offices, and Asian and Pacific Islander educators and educators of Asian and Pacific Islander children. The following major findings are cited: (1) the stereotype of Asian and Pacific Islander students as the "model minority" obscures their wide diversity of emotional and language needs and fosters resentment among other minority groups; (2) family and community exert great pressure on many Asian students to succeed academically; (3) approaches to education vary greatly between Asian and Pacific Islander groups with regard to competitiveness and sex roles; and (4) Asian and Pacific Islanders are often the victims of racism for economic reasons. Recommendations for NEA policy in the following areas are outlined: (1) students; (2) curriculum and teaching; (3) teacher/school personnel; (4) parents/family/community; (5) employment; (6) collaboration/coalition building; (7) legislation/policy; and (8) leadership training. The appendices include a list of site visits and witnesses, and four tables and five graphs of statistical data. A list of 12 references and a seven-item bibliography are also appended. (FMW)
Descriptors: Asian Americans, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Influence, Lobbying, Minority Group Children, Pacific Americans, Personal Narratives, Racial Bias, Stereotypes, Student Needs
National Education Association, Human and Civil Rights, 1201 Sixteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036 ($12.50 for complete set; parts not available separately).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.