ERIC Number: EJ761511
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Learning from Rural Mexican Schools about Commitment and Work
McLaughlin, H. James; Bryan, Lynn A.
Theory Into Practice, v42 n4 p289-295 2003
During the last 3 years we have made many visits to two rural Mexican primary schools. As a result of our experiences there, we believe that students' sense of responsibility in a school setting depends on the nature of the commitments they make and the work they do in and for the school. We have also learned that certain educational and social concepts expressed in Spanish can enrich our thinking about the social curriculum that teachers and students create in classrooms. In this article we explore the idea of students' "social work" by explaining what we are learning in these Mexican schools and providing examples from selected writings about life in U.S. classrooms.
Descriptors: Mexicans, Student Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Rural Schools, Elementary Education, Social Environment, Classroom Environment, Social Cognition, Socialization, Student Reaction, Student School Relationship, Student Responsibility, Spanish, Student Behavior
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Mexico