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ERIC Number: ED313180
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Aug
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
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Insiders' Perspectives on Strengths and Weaknesses of the Mexican Education System.
Rippberger, Susan
This study examines strengths and weaknesses of Mexican public education as perceived by educators within the system. Forty teachers and administrators from various levels in the public school system were interviewed in 1988. Interviewees were primarily located in southern Mexican cities. Mexico's public educational structure is highly centralized. In elementary and secondary schools, the same curricula is used throughout the country. Higher education, indigenous, and adult education systems are described. Separate questionnaires were developed for administrators and classroom teachers. At all levels, respondents indicated that they worked with children from middle to lower-class backgrounds, and educators reported problems related to economic factors. They perceived that the cost of school materials, for example, posed burdens on Mexican families. A common complaint was that private schools were able to offer a better education than public schools. The results also suggested program strengths, including perceived community support at the elementary levels and an apparent increase in educational opportunities for low-income students. Quality of materials was judged to be adequate, although many educators would like to have access to a greater variety of materials. Other questions touched upon job satisfaction, teacher inservice training, and adult and indigenous education programs. Overall strengths include perceived social progress and an effort to reach more people through different teaching approaches, whereas problems included apathy, lack of funding, and structural inflexibility. This document includes English translations of the questionnaires. (TES)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Mexico