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ERIC Number: ED390270
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Pages: 38
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
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Teacher Development for Bidialectal Education.
Malcolm, Ian G.
A program at Edith Cowan University (Australia) to develop a teacher training curriculum supporting bidialectalism in the schools is described. Underlying principles of this approach to bidialectal education are the acceptance of Aboriginal English, creation of a bridge to standard English, and cultivation of Aboriginal ways of approaching experience and knowledge. Two course modules were developed, to be combined with others to constitute a graduate certificate in Aboriginal language studies or a major in bidialectal education. Focus here is on three aspects of the project: research on the Aboriginal English dialect spoken in the nine participating Western Australia schools; mentoring of the teachers involved, including inservice workshops on bidialectalism and bidialectal education; and modification of the university's teacher education curriculum. Appended materials include a project timeline reflecting the roles of the research team, participating teachers, and Western Australia Education Department; and forms for use by teachers in inservice courses and classroom practice. Contains 12 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Australia (Western Australia); Edith Cowan University (Australia)
Note: Paper presented at an International Conference on Language in Development (2nd, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia April 10-12, 1995).