ERIC Number: ED419887
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
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'Cuz We Were Proud: An Oasis in a Dangerous World (A Perspective on Values).
Shively, Thomas E.
This qualitative study looks at the Pio Pico experience, Santa Ana (California), which includes the Santa Ana Boys' and Girls' Club, Pio Pico Elementary School, and the surrounding community associations. In each setting, community members were asked about the necessities for work in the setting and about attributes they would like to see in the setting. Pio Pico Elementary School is at the center of this Hispanic American community. Observation of the school and an interview with the principal illustrated the democratic approach that honors the values of the community and respects the opinions of the students. An interview with a fifth grader showed the principal's respectful exploration of a student's concern. An interview with the Title I coordinator at the school and observation of the "Research Group," a club she moderates, show the social awareness of the staff and students as they researched the neighborhood problem of graffiti and proposed some solutions involving community involvement. Attendance at two community association meetings showed the concerns of the community members and the participation of the principal in the affairs of the community. An interview with the Executive Director of the Santa Ana Boys' and Girls' Club illustrated the mutual respect of community leaders and the principal. One value that runs throughout the discussions of all community members in this study is that of safety, which is a major issue for the school and community. The value of participatory democracy and the importance of community voice are other lessons of the Pio Pico experience. In the school, the community associations, and the youth club, the responsibility of social action and community is recognized and serves as a basis for action. A record of field work is attached. (Contains 18 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: California (Santa Ana)