ERIC Number: ED462511
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Bridging Identities among Ethnic Minority Youth in Schools. ERIC Digest.
Yeh, Christine J.; Drost, Christopher
This digest examines the nature of multiple identities among ethnic minority youth and how youth bridge conflicting messages about cultural ways of being. It discusses how the school environment contributes to student internalization of various identities. Culturally diverse students often face contrasting notions of self because they must function in schools organized around the values and goals of the dominant culture. Minority children have difficulty internalizing certain aspects of the dominant culture, showing poorer school achievement and higher dropout rates due in part to the incongruent expectations, motives, social behaviors, language, and cognitive patterns of teachers and majority students. Student attitudes toward achievement differ by culture. How discrepancies in sense of self are understood by minority students and what is seen as normal by the dominant culture may differ significantly. As a consequence of this narrow view, minority students are often dismissed or pathologized in comparison to white students. School counselors must understand cultural differences in order to effectively help diverse students adjust and succeed. A comprehensive multicultural curriculum can provide students with broad-based knowledge of subjects covered, foster their understanding and appreciation of diversity, and promote positive inter-ethnic relations. (Contains 10 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adjustment (to Environment), Counseling, Cultural Differences, Diversity (Student), Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnicity, Minority Group Children, Multicultural Education, Racial Identification, Student Attitudes
ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, Institute for Urban and Minority Education, Box 40, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027. Tel: 800-601-4868 (Toll Free); Web site: http://www.eric-web.tc.columbia.edu.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.