ERIC Number: ED390270
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
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)
Descriptors: Bidialectalism, Bilingual Education, Change Strategies, Cultural Context, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, English, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Indigenous Populations, Language Maintenance, Language Research, Program Descriptions, Research Utilization, Standard Spoken Usage, Teacher Education Curriculum
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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).