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ERIC Number: ED404432
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 22
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Bearing the Image of Model Minority: An Inside Look behind the Classroom Door.
Wan, Yee
The diversity that actually exists among Asian-Pacific American students is explored, and the most common stereotypes that mainstream teachers have of them are described. Teachers often express a preference for working with Asian-Pacific American students, but judging students on stereotypes, even positive ones, neglects individual differences and may limit students' opportunities to develop their potential. The three most common stereotypes that can affect classroom interactions are: (1) all Asian-Pacific American students are high achievers; (2) all Asian-Pacific American students look alike; and (3) all Asian cultures are similar, and all Asians can work well together. However, some general cultural patterns do exist among Asian-Pacific American subgroups. These include controlling one's expression and avoiding direct confrontation. To promote equitable participation of Asian-Pacific American students, guidelines are presented for teachers to incorporate into daily teaching practice. These include learning cross-cultural communication skills, implementing an empowering curriculum, and building strong connections to students' homes and communities. Respect for cultural boundaries and individual differences is the key to successful teaching for Asian-Pacific American students. (Contains 16 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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