ERIC Number: ED319421
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Successful Teaching Strategies: Instruction for Black and Hispanic Students in the California Community Colleges.
Mercado, Olivia; And Others
In response to the growing concern over the significant underrepresentation, underpreparation, and enrollment decline of minority students, the chancellor's office of the California Community Colleges prepared this report to identify community college instructional programs designed specifically for Blacks and Hispanics. Sections 1 through 3 provide background on the report, discuss the problems of underrepresentation and underpreparation, and review the literature on nontraditional students. Section 4 presents citations to relevant ERIC documents, including descriptions of instructional approaches, college self-studies, re-entry programs, transfer programs, partnerships, English as a Second Language, bilingual/bicultural programs, ethnic studies, and career education. This section also includes brief descriptions of programs identified through a survey of the chief instructional officers of each California community college, and more detailed descriptions based on site visits to selected community colleges that offered potential model programs. Section 5 contains a summary of findings with respect to the thrust of programs in other states, ethnic studies programs, support services programs, and the characteristics of current California community college programs. This section indicates that there was one program that specifically targeted Blacks and two that targeted Hispanics. The programs for Hispanics shared the following characteristics: (1) program instructors were selected based on classroom success with students; (2) instructors believed in the Hispanic student's ability to learn; (3) instructors were able to motivate students; (4) instructors demonstrated concern for the individual student; and (5) instructors were willing to work extra hours. Finally, section 6 presents conclusions, discussing the limitations of basic skills programs and the need for instructional alternatives. A 38-source bibliography is attached. (WJT)
Descriptors: Black Education, Black Students, Cognitive Style, Community Colleges, Educational Trends, Enrollment Trends, High Risk Students, Hispanic American Students, Mexican American Education, Nontraditional Students, School Effectiveness, School Holding Power, Student Attrition, Teacher Effectiveness, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.
Identifiers - Location: California