ERIC Number: ED101551
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Idiomas, Escuelas y Radios en Bolivia. Cuadernos de Investigacion 3. (Languages, Schools and Radios in Bolivia. Investigative Notes Number 3).
Bolivia has a multilingual population divided among three language families: Spanish, Quechua, and Aymara. In practice, however, the country has a monolingual system, since Spanish is the language of government, education, and professional and technical fields, and dominates in urban areas. Quechua and Aymara prevail in rural areas and in native music, folklore, and religion. The schools are operated in Spanish, under the theory that linguistic unification will provide equal education and integrate the nation. One result is that education ignores the rural and native identity and reinforces patterns of discrimination and inferiority, when a multilingual-multicultural educational system would be more responsive to the people's needs. For many rural people, radio is a major source of information and entertainment. Although most broadcasts are in Spanish, the few native-language programs attract many listeners and help develop an awareness of the multilingual society, thereby changing the attitudes of both the dominant and submerged cultural groups. Radio as an educational tool may achieve results superior to traditional educational methods by: (1) creating a Quechua and Aymara solidarity through native-language broadcasts of popular appeal, and (2) providing an outlet for linguistically diverse groups and involving them in active learning. (CK)
Descriptors: Aymara, Biculturalism, Bilingual Education, Bilingualism, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Background, Cultural Interrelationships, Culture Contact, Quechua, Radio, Rural Education, Sociocultural Patterns, Sociolinguistics, Spanish Speaking
CIPCA, Casilla 5854, La Paz, Bolivia ($2.00 surface mail, $4.00 air mail)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Centro de Investigacion y Promocion del Campesinado, La Paz (Bolivia).
Identifiers - Location: Bolivia