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Journal Article: The Influence of Differential Community Perceptions on the Provision of Equal Educational Opportunities

Journal Article » The Influence of Differential Community Perceptions on the Provision of Equal Educational Opportunities

Categories

EDUCATION -- United States, CHILDREN of minorities, ACADEMIC achievement, EDUCATIONAL programs, CHILDREN -- Attitudes, UNITED States

Authors

Anderson, James G.; Safar, Dwight

Published

1967, Summer67

Abstract

Through extensive interviews with community members and school personnel in two multicultural Southwestern communities, the authors of this study attempt to demonstrate the importance of perceptions and attitudes in the provision of equal educational opportunity for Spanish-American and Indian children. The findings demonstrate a ubiquitous feeling that Spanish-American and Indian children are less capable of achieving desirable goals than are their Anglo contemporaries. This lack of achievement of the minority groups appears, in a large part, to be perceived as a lack of innate ability and support rather than as the fault of inadequate school programs. Moreover, this feeling of inferiority appears to be internalized by the minority groups themselves, thus creating an insidious negative climate for their children. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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