ERIC Number: ED238232
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Bilingual Special Education: An Overview of Issues. Professional Papers.
Carpenter, Linda J.
The paper analyzes issues in bilingual special education and identifies knowledge gaps in the provision of appropriate education to exceptional minority students. The legal bases of bilingual education and special education are reviewed and the intersection of legal issues in bilingual special education is noted. Definitions of the population are explored, as are prevalence figures for minority, handicapped, and minority handicapped students. The need for a coherent data collection plan is emphasized. Assessment and placement considerations are considered, with discussion on the role of culture free tests, adaptive behavior scales, criterion referenced tests, and translated tests. Probelms cited include knowledge about how cultural differences may influence child performance on assessments and unavailability of non-English language instruments. Programing considerations, including student participation, parental involvement, exit criteria, and program options are examined for bilingual education, special education, and bilingual special education. A final section cites future research directions in nondiscriminatory evaluation, multidisciplinary team decisionmaking, development of individualized education programs, and parental participation. (CL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Bilingual Research, Los Alamitos, CA.