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ERIC Number: ED200061
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Bilingualism and Linguistic Segregation in the Schools of Brussels. Publication B-95.
Swing, Elizabeth Sherman
This study examines the role of schools as the primary agency for change in a bilingual country (Belgium) where a subordinate language group has emerged as the political and economic equal of the traditional power structure. The focus is on schools in Brussels, a city which has become a bilingual island surrounded by Dutch-language territory. The first part of the book explores the bilingualism of the country, and the second part studies the evolution of linguistic separatism. Specifically, the following points are treated: (1) bilingualism and the native language imperative; (2) bilingualism in education; (3) three patterns of bilingual education, namely, elite, assimilationist, and dual medium models; (4) the emergence of the idea of a Flemish nation and its ramifications for education; (5) the equilibrium model of separatism in the Language Law of 1932; (6) the division of educational institutions into linguistic components called for in the Language Law of 1963; (7) the human rights implications of this division; (8) patterns of conflict as revealed in sample case histories for the years 1966-1971; and (9) developments during the 1970s. (AMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Laval Univ., Quebec (Quebec). International Center for Research on Bilingualism.
Identifiers: Belgium (Brussels); Separatism