ERIC Number: ED372613
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Ethnic Pride and the Classroom: An Ethnographic Study of Classroom Behavior--Norms and Themes.
Working Papers in Educational Linguistics, v10 n1 p92-106 Spr 1994
The purpose of this ethnographic study was to determine the norms and rules of behavior in a multi-ethnic seventh-grade classroom in an inner-city school. Data were gathered through classroom observations and interviews with the teacher. The teacher in this class stressed ethnic pride, and because the majority of the students (as well as the teacher) were African-American, an Afrocentric viewpoint was included in appropriate areas of the curriculum. The teacher also stressed that students needed to respect each other, enforcing rules concerning turn-taking and politeness. The teacher corrected students when they used Black English Vernacular (BEV) during formal classroom situations, but allowed them to use BEV when talking among themselves in informal situations. (MDM)
Descriptors: Afrocentrism, Asian Americans, Black Dialects, Blacks, Classroom Communication, Classroom Observation Techniques, Cultural Influences, Cultural Pluralism, Ethnicity, Ethnography, Grade 7, Hispanic Americans, Inner City, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Student Behavior, Teacher Student Relationship, Whites
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For complete volume in which this paper appears, see FL 022 292.