ERIC Number: ED434882
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Bridging Cultures: Evaluating Teachers' Understanding of Cross-Cultural Conflicts.
Trumbull, Elise; Greenfield, Patricia; Quiroz, Blanca; Rothstein-Fisch, Carrie
The Bridging Cultures Project is a collaboration among several researchers and teachers (n=8) to design professional development activities on the topic of cross-cultural understanding. During the fall of 1996, participating teachers will be given a pre-assessment and post-assessment. The assessments are designed to give some information on how teachers construe cross-culture conflicts before and after they participate in the program's professional development activities. Teachers read and comment upon brief scenarios depicting a problem situation that would likely be resolved differently, depending on the person's culture-based value system. Then, teachers are asked to imagine how a typical parent from a specific ethnic group might resolve the problem. Teachers' responses before and after the workshops will give insights into the effectiveness of the workshops and into the ways that attitudes, perceptions, and knowledge can be influenced. At the end of the pre-assessment session, teachers will complete a questionnaire that gives essential information about their education, teaching experience, and language background and the ethnic composition of their classrooms. This will be helpful in understanding the perspectives they bring to analyzing the scenarios on the pre- and post-assessments. The appendixes contain the Bridging Cultures pre-assessment, post-assessment, and participant questionnaire. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.