ERIC Number: ED343901
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Rethinking Teacher Education: Collaboration between the Black Family and the School System.
Steward, Robbie J.; Borgers, Sherry B.
This paper examines the need for educators to work from a systems approach and become more involved in understanding the culture and family of minority students if these students are to learn the skills necessary to cope in school and society. The focus of the paper is on the Black student and begins with three vignettes, examples of questions they raise, and suggestions for new ways of conceptualizing students. Basic systemic concepts and the rationale for their importance are discussed as follows: (1) individuals are not closed systems, consequently it is necessary to view problems within a context such as the family; (2) parts of a system or persons within a system are interdependent, and when one person changes others are affected; (3) a family is more than just the sum of the individuals, rather it comprises a system with a distinct character of its own; (4) in the family system there is a hierarchy; (5) families are rule bound systems that have developed over time; (6) all families have two competing forces (homeostasis--stability and morphogenesis--the force for change); and (7) causality is circular not linear. A summary emphasizes that educators need to form a collaborative relationship with the family and work from a position of cooperation rather than competition. (LL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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