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ERIC Number: EJ901374
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1559-5692
Cultural Mismatch in Honduran Garifuna Communities: The Role of Culture, Race, and Language in Schools
Kleyn, Tatyana
Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education, v4 n4 p217-234 2010
The Garifuna are an Indigenous, Afro-Latino group in Honduras whose distinct cultural, ethnic, and linguistic background has been unacknowledged and frequently misunderstood on a societal level and, consequently, in the schools that serve them. This study argues for the utility of a cultural mismatch approach, one applied primarily to U.S. settings, but which can be extended fruitfully to the Latin American context generally, and for Garifuna populations specifically. Through a comparative case study of 2 Garifuna communities, this study examines student, teacher, and administrator attitudes and perceptions toward culture, race, and language. Then a corresponding analysis of practices within 2 divergent schools is offered: One setting illustrates how a cultural mismatch between students and educators plays a significant role in the formation of an irrelevant education; the second setting demonstrates how mutual respect, caring, and culturally embedded teaching practices result in a relevant pedagogy for Garifuna student. (Contains 1 table and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Honduras