ERIC Number: ED335944
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Children of Promise: Literate Activity in Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Classrooms. NEA School Restructuring Series.
Heath, Shirley Brice; Mangiola, Linda
This monograph addresses the challenge of improving literacy learning for all children, especially those in language-minority classrooms. The monograph introduces some of these classrooms in detail, examining and describing their literacy practices and setting forth some of the principles of learning and language that underlie them. It is the result of long-term collaboration between a classroom teacher and a university researcher, and provides a model for university-school collaboration. The monograph sets the stage for future collaborations between practitioners and researchers that can suggest new and creative ways to improve school-based literacy learning. Special attention is focused on the following: cultural and linguistic differences; inside the classroom; writing, learning, and the teacher's role; literate behavior and literacy skills; and building theory and practice together. Suggestions for implementing cross-grade tutoring projects and references and a reading list are appended. (JL)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Cooperation, Cultural Differences, Elementary Secondary Education, Language Teachers, Limited English Speaking, Literacy, Literacy Education, Researchers, Student Behavior, Teacher Role, Theory Practice Relationship
National Education Association, Professional Library, P.O. Box 509, West Haven, CT 06516 (Stock No. 1844-3-100).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for the Study of Writing, Berkeley, CA.; American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC.; National Education Association, Washington, DC.