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ERIC Number: ED246152
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Dec
Pages: 47
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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Language and Literacy: An Overview of Policies and Programs in Five OECD Member Countries.
Rist, Ray C.
This paper describes the results of a study conducted by the Center for Educational Research and Innovation regarding language policies and programs in five countries which belong to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development: Canada, France, Spain, the United Kingdom, and West Germany. Part I explains the study's focus on language diversity and how it is addressed within the educational systems of the countries studied. It is assumed that the role ascribed to language is a key one to a better understanding of the position of various cultural groups in a society. The study methodology and content are described. (A set of simultaneous case studies were taken, each developed according to a common frame of reference.) Part II discusses the distinctions drawn between each country for the purpose of analysis: historical and ecological considerations; geographical boundedness versus dispersal; time the special population has been within the national boundaries; government policy on culture and language; the permanence/impermanence of the language/cultural minority group; and governmental policymaking (centralized versus decentralized). In Part III, the data from all five countries are analyzed collectively in relation to three themes--organization, finance, and governance. A postscript reiterates that language and literacy policies accurately reflect social and political conditions. A concluding section recommends areas for further study. (KH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris (France). Centre for Educational Research and Innovation.
Identifiers: Canada; France; Spain; United Kingdom; West Germany
Note: Paper prepared in connection with the OECD/CERI Project on the "Financing, Organization and Governance of Education for Special Populations."