ERIC Number: ED420175
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Balancing Home and School: Dilemmas of Cultural Interchange.
The report describes an ethnographic study of a New York City (New York) middle school that focused on the school as a setting for cultural interchange. The relatively small school has an ethnically and culturally diverse student body that strives to build a strong feeling of community. The study looked at ways in which the school attends to students' personal and social needs, emphasis on experiential learning, what these approaches mean to students and their families, and some concerns among students, parents, and teachers about whether the school promotes academic growth sufficiently because of its focus on personal growth and learning by experience. It is concluded that if the school makes itself a home for students and families from diverse backgrounds, those groups will feel more connected at school, resulting in better learning. However, these approaches facilitating cultural interchange in social/emotional arenas may be seen as interfering with cultural interchange in the academic arena. Contains 7 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Teachers Coll. National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools and Teaching.