ERIC Number: EJ1002910
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
From Cultural Dissonance to Diasporic Affinity: The Experience of Jamaican Teachers in New York City Schools
Bailey, Erold K.
Urban Review: Issues and Ideas in Public Education, v45 n2 p232-249 Jun 2013
This phenomenological study was designed to investigate the experience of Jamaican teachers recruited to serve in elementary and high schools in New York City. The study explored three broad questions: (1) What was teaching like for the participants before they assumed their assignments in the US? (2) What is teaching in the US like for them? and (3) What meanings/insights do they derive from their experience teaching in the US? The findings indicate that the immigrants' experienced profound cultural dissonance in the classroom as their experiences in the US differed significantly from their previous experience in Jamaica. This dissonance was illustrated by four prominent themes that emerged from data collected through in-depth interviews: (1) lack of respect for teachers and other adults; (2) disregard for teacher authority; (3) lack of student appreciation for the teacher's work; and (4) student apathy towards education. The cultural dissonance immigrants experienced made them more sensitive to the condition of African American and other minorities, disrupted their strong sense of nationalism, and engendered a growing allegiance to the black Diaspora.
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Immigrants, Foreign Workers, Teaching Experience, Cultural Differences, Teacher Attitudes, Nationalism, Blacks, Interviews, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Jamaica; New York