ERIC Number: ED396564
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Indigenous Mexican Culture's Influence upon the Reading Preferences of Chicana and Chicano Middle-School Students.
A study investigated the effects of instruction in indigenous Mexican culture on Chicana and Chicano adolescents' reading preferences. Subjects, 81 Mexican-American students in a Southwestern middle school, were administered a culture interest inventory as a pre- and post-test for identifying reading preferences. Students participated in 4 days of lectures and presentations on use of the Nahuatl language, Aztec dance, the Aztec calendar, and Mesoamerican pyramids by an authority on indigenous Mexican culture. Related information was also presented throughout the school year. Results indicate that student interest in and voluntary selection of texts on Mexican culture increased. Teachers who support and encourage this interest are seen as valuable agents of literacy for minority students who might otherwise not have access to these topics through literature. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (39th, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1994).