ERIC Number: ED437450
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Between Home and School: Cultural Interchange in an Elementary Classroom. The Series on Cultural Interchange.
This monograph presents a study of cultural interchange in a second/third grade classroom within a parent-founded school. It follows one child from a religious family who traveled a long distance, both geographically and psychologically, from home to school. The study addresses influences that students encountered in traveling between home and school, focusing on cultural interchange. The researcher was in the classroom several days each week for 1 academic year and attended most parent events. She met and interviewed parents and families. This monograph looks at how families came to know the classroom; the theme of the classroom, which was living together and sharing perspectives; questions about thinking in racial and ethnic types; religiosity at home and the effect on the school experience; differing perspectives between home and school; and opening the doors for new thinking. The monograph concludes with implications that evolved from the interaction between the classroom and the family (e.g., cultural interchange is based on relationships that grow over time, professionals must cultivate a working trust with families, and unexpected differences are difficult to detect). (Contains 68 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Cultural Exchange, Diversity (Student), Grade 2, Grade 3, Parent School Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Parents, Primary Education, Public Schools, Religion, Religious Factors, School Culture, Urban Schools
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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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.