ERIC Number: ED240493
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: 0
Ethnicity, Language and Literacy: Developing In-School Reading Resources to Provide for the Linguistic and Ethnic Needs of Students in a Multi-cultural Junior High School.
Noting that the degree to which the concept of ethnicity is understood and taken into account at all levels of educational planning is the single most important factor in the success of programs designed for the education of ethnic and socioeconomic minorities, this paper discusses the concept in general, then outlines the components of an in-school program that was intended to meet the needs of students ethnically divergent from the mainstream of a society. The paper begins with a discussion of ethnic diversity within a nation or society, then addresses what a nation or society can do with that diversity. It next offers several approaches that teachers of language and literacy can use in dealing with ethnic diversity, noting that the attitudes these approaches represent range from ideals of uniformity to those of diversity. Following a discussion of the individual and ethnicity, the paper presents a review of one school's efforts to develop a publication program to deal with its various ethnic groups. It examines the educational principles upon which the program was based, sets forth the essential ingredients of the publication program, describes the three types of publications prepared, and presents some of the problems the program encountered. (FL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: New Zealand
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (28th, Anaheim, CA, May 2-6, 1983).