ERIC Number: ED172178
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Beyond Black English: Toward an Ethnography of Communication in the Inner-City Classroom.
McPhail, Irving P.
Perhaps the most controversial and provocative issue in the discussion of reading failure in inner-city schools has been the relationship between Black English Vernacular (BEV), reading failure, and reading instruction. The debate has focused on the degree to which BEV does or does not interfere with the acquisition of reading/language arts skills. Despite the insistence by some researchers that dialect interference plays a major role in black children's reading failure, it can also be argued that the ways teachers communicate in the classroom may well be a more critical factor in black children's success in learning to read than the preoccupation with the relationship between dialect differences and reading failure. The ethnographic description of the communicative pattern of the inner-city classroom is a new and relatively unchartered area of inquiry. The results of this inquiry can help to provide knowledge necessary to achieve the goal of literacy among inner-city children. (Author)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (24th, Atlanta, Georgia, April 23-27, 1979)