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ERIC Number: ED030107
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Feb-8
Pages: 9
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Language Difference and the Ethno-Centric Researcher.
Goodman, Kenneth S.
The author lists steps for constructing a research study guaranteeing "statistically significant results when comparing two populations which differ linguistically." Many of these steps are direct quotations from typical research reports--choose a control group as much like yourself as possible; assume your own dialect is standard; encode all directions, questions, and answers in your own dialect; judge responses as correct only if they are properly stated in your dialect; use experiences drawn from the control (your own) group; follow a rule of thumb: if something is important to you, it is important; judge all data as deviation from the control group: you are the norm, all else is deficiency. This facetious model for research is based on a "total fiction: that language can be judged on a single norm and that language difference and language deficiency are synonymous." Every child achieves a basic mastery of his dialect well before beginning school and can express anything important to him to the people in his speech community. He speaks his dialect grammatically: if he didn't, he couldn't be understood since grammar is the system of language and all language is systematic. Because "all people are ethno-centric," we build our stereotypes out of differences between ourselves and others. We need objective humility for effective research, not "elitist" views. (MM)
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Note: Paper presented at American Educational Research Association, Los Angeles, February 8, 1969.