ERIC Number: EJ772099
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 24
Secondary Teachers as Cultural Mediators for Language Minority Students
Major, Elza M.
Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, v80 n1 p29-32 Sep-Oct 2006
In this article, the author proposes that, aside from modified instructional strategies, cultural mediation by secondary teachers on behalf of minority students is the key to school adjustment and academic achievement of language minority students in secondary schools. Cultural mediation can be defined as a process of planned intervention in which teachers and administrators act as cultural brokers between the mainstream culture of the United States as it exists in schools and the minority home cultures of immigrant children (Spindler and Spindler 1994; Toohey 2000). This process involves knowledge about the role of schooling in identity formation in multicultural societies such as the United States, and a decision to act on behalf of these students in and out of the classroom. In order to illustrate how cultural mediation plays out in schools, the author presents two vignettes depicting unfavorable and favorable school environments, followed by suggestions for implementation of cultural mediation at the site level. She concludes with the premise that school personnel are implicitly and explicitly moral and social agents.
Descriptors: Student Adjustment, School Personnel, Minority Groups, Educational Strategies, Language Minorities, Immigrants, Cultural Context, Secondary School Teachers, Cultural Pluralism, Teacher Role, Academic Achievement, Intervention, Acculturation, Educational Environment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States