ERIC Number: ED209829
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Reference Count: 0
The Case for Teacher Training in Nonbiased, Cross-Cultural Assessment.
Knight, Elizabeth M.
The paper discusses principles of a Montgomery County (Maryland) program to train regular teachers in approaches to cross cultural assessment. The program originated because of overreferral of limited English proficient (LEP) students for special education evaluation and placement. The program stresses four major areas: (1) changing the teacher's attitude toward students who are bilingual and/or speak with different intonation/structural patterns through knowledge of applied and sociolinguistics; (2) helping the teacher acquire skills in distinguishing between "normal" and interference patterns and true language disabilities; (3) offering the teacher insights into the reading problems of linguistically different students; and (4) offering the teacher insights into linguistic problems of the LEP student which interfere with test taking. The county also stresses linkages between special education and English as a Second Language/Bilingual Programs which have helped LEP teachers identify potentially handicapped students and special education teachers understand linguistic and cultural differences which can account for "temporary" handicaps in LEP students. (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Limited English Speaking; Montgomery County Public Schools MD
Note: Paper presented at The Council for Exceptional Children Conference on The Exceptional Bilingual Child (New Orleans, LA, February 18-20, 1981, Session F-8).