ERIC Number: ED110203
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jun-14
Education for a Complex World: A Rationale and Model for Bilingual/Bicultural Education.
Cortada, Rafael L.
Bilingual/bicultural education can be of benefit to all students, whatever their dominant language. In El Paso County (Texas), 56.9 percent of the population is Spanish surnamed; New York City has over 2 million Spanish surnamed people. These citizens are consumers and contributors of service in both the public and private sectors. Every professional able to offer service to clients in more than one language, as the need arises, is of far greater value. Recently there has been a slight resurgence of bilingual education in the United States, although too little is being offered in most areas to meet any existing need. Bilingual/bicultural education is generally defined as "a curricular model through which the student is made competent to function socially and professionally in 2 languages, and further, becomes sensitive to the cultural, behavioral, and attitudinal ramifications of each". When considered in these terms, the goal of instruction is not merely remediation, but the full development of the student. Therefore, the cultural component in bilingual education is, in every sense, essential. This paper discusses the rationale for a bilingual/bicultural program. A model for such a program is briefly described. (NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Symposium on Bilingual/Bicultural Education: Effects on the Language, Individual and Society, June 12-14, 1975, El Paso, Texas