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ERIC Number: ED463269
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Asian-American Teachers: Issues of Curriculum and Support.
Ramanathan, Hema
Asian Americans have long been underrepresented in the U.S. teaching force. While the number of Asian American students entering U.S. schools is booming, the already-small proportion of Asian American teachers is shrinking. This study used a survey to examine the problems Asian Americans face as minority teachers in one midwestern state, the impact they felt they had on curriculum and academic experiences at the building level, and support systems available to them to implement desired changes. Responses from 34 Asian American teachers indicated that they felt they were well accepted and well integrated into the school system, their concerns were heard, and other teachers and administrators supported them. Most were the only Asian Americans in their schools. They did not appear to be overly concerned about being underrepresented in their schools or in the curriculum. Only three respondents related their ethnicity to the curriculum content formally (offering language and culture clubs), and three others brought their experience and "otherness" into the curriculum informally. Asian American teachers were not involved in curriculum development. Respondents believed that students were conscious and appreciative of their teachers modeling a minority status. (Contains 19 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (Denver, CO, February 2-5, 2002).