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ERIC Number: ED144371
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 23
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An Investigation into Bilingual Education for Children from Favored Socio-Economic Backgrounds. Problemes linguistiques des enfants de travailleurs migrants (Linguistic Problems of the Children of Migrant Workers).
Baetens Beardsmore, Hugo
The investigation reported sought to discover: (1) whether the problems faced by children of favored socio-economic backgrounds residing in countries other than those of origin are the same as or different from those faced by less favored groups, and (2) whether the techniques and programs provided for these privileged children can give any insights for similar programs adapted for children from less favored groups. Three schools in Belgium were selected as investigation sites, and an open-ended questionnaire was used for the basis of the enquiry. All questions were asked orally during interviews with staff members, and, where possible, interviews were followed up by observation of the teaching program. All three schools were attended by children from upper-middle and middle classes. For purposes of the report, a bilingual program is defined as one that gives more attention to a second language than is normally the case in school curricula. The program and curricula of each school are described, and solutions to bilingual education are seen to range from transitional programs to balanced bilingual programs to the use of the second language for social studies. All schools claimed that a greater tolerance for diversity developed as a result of bilingual programs. (CLK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium