ERIC Number: ED131050
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Bilingual/Bicultural Education and Teacher Training. NEA Professional Studies Series.
Casso, Henry J.
Bilingual/bicultural education in the United States in undergoing a renaissance founded on the notions of (a) equality of educational opportunity and (b) accountability in public education. The first section of this monograph examines the significant causes for this renaissance. It is pointed out that although great strides have been made in a relatively short time, it is erroneous to conclude that the bilingual/bicultural education movement is proceeding smoothly; there has been and will continue to be great opposition to its concept, philosophy, and practice. Both sides of the issue are treated in Section II, aptly titled, "The Controversy in Bilingual/Bicultural Education: Melting Pot vs. Cultural Pluralism." Most administrators, counselors, teachers, and teacher educators, we are reminded, have been trained under the melting pot theory, which is now being challenged. Section III discusses implications for bilingual/bicultural teacher training, including: guidelines for improvement of teacher training; teacher views of bilingual/bicultural education; and responses of teacher training institutions in training bilingual personnel. Section IV reviews ERIC publications concerning bilingual teacher training and presents recommendations based on an ERIC search. Seven appendixes offer: (1) approved bilingual education fellowship programs; (2) office of bilingual education grant awards; (3) location of Lau Centers in the United States and states served; (4) major U.S. Commission on Civil Rights hearings for various linguistically and culturally distinct peoples; (5) guidelines for the preparation and certification of teachers; (6) random sample of institutions in the Southwest that have teacher education programs; and (7) bibliography of ERIC publications. (MM)
Descriptors: Biculturalism, Bilingual Education, Bilingual Schools, Bilingual Students, Bilingual Teachers, Civil Rights Legislation, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Background, Cultural Differences, Cultural Influences, Cultural Pluralism, Culture Contact, Educational Legislation, Educational Policy, Inservice Teacher Education, Minority Groups, Multilingualism, Mutual Intelligibility, Non English Speaking, Preservice Teacher Education, Second Language Learning, Spanish Speaking, Teacher Education
National Education Association, 1201 Sixteenth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 (No price quoted)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Education Association, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Teacher Education, Washington, DC.