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ERIC Number: ED156386
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May
Pages: 12
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The Multiethnic Dimension of Bilingual-Bicultural Education.
Garcia, Ricardo
Currently bilingual and multiethnic instruction, which are emerging as highly significant educational thrusts, are not disparate forces. Since both promote ethnic pluralism, the difference between them is one of degree rather than kind. This difference can be modified by adding a multiethnic dimension to bilingual-bicultural education, thereby permeating it with multiethnic experiences. In this conceptual framework, bilingual-multiethnic instruction can minimize the severity of the transition Mexican American students experience when beginning school because it reflects the student's home environment and culture which are mediated through the student's dominant language. Also this framework serves to expand the student's ethnic perspective with intragroup and intergroup diversity strands. The intragroup diversity strand exposes students to the human, ethnic, and racial diversity of the Mexican American culture, while the intergroup diversity strand exposes them to the human, racial and ethnic diversity existent in American society. In this framework, the Mexican American culture should be the base of the bilingual-bicultural program, mediated through the student's dominant language. Also the study of Mexican American culture should be expanded to teach students its intragroup diversity, while the study of Anglo American culture should be expanded to teach students the intergroup diversity of American society. This paper also lists 20 resources suggesting ways and means by which a multiethnic dimension can be utilized by bilingual-bicultural programs. (Author/NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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