Comparison of differences in home/school perceptions between
Portuguese and U.S. majority cultures
| Parents regard
teachers and administrators as authority figures and will
generally defer to their decisions concerning their child.
|| Parents are
expected to participate in most decisions regarding their
child’s education at school. Parents usually have
the final say.
not generally come to school to advocate for their children.
This does not mean there is lack of concern or caring.
expected to come to school for a variety of reasons including
parent’s night, volunteer activities and school
not generally bring an advocate or question a teacher
or administrator’s decisions. They may bring an
interpreter to translate.
||It is not
uncommon to bring professional advocates to special education
evaluation meetings and to question the school administrators’
in English or through an interpreter, parents will give
elaborate background information before getting to the
dialogue is generally very direct and conscious of time
culture values the sharing of food. In any gathering food
is generally offered by a Portuguese family. If a teacher
visits a Portuguese home, the host would be offended if
the teacher did not eat and drink when offered.
offer to share food with a visitor. If a teacher visits
a home, it would be considered an individual choice and
would not offend the host if the teacher did not eat and
drink when offered.