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ERIC Number: ED173292
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Effects of an Orientation to Sociolinguistics on the Perceptions of Teaching Candidates.
A report is given of an investigation examining the influence of student dialect and ethnicity on teachers' expectations of academic performance. The subjects of the study were secondary level teaching candidates enrolled in a generic methods course comprised of ethnically mixed learners. A control group of the teachers was given a course in sociolinguistics. The theme of this course was that language prejudices are socially based and, while dialect forms may be different, these dialects are functional in communication. Results of this investigation indicate that dialect has a significant effect on teaching candidate expectancy of learners' academic behavior. The candidates exposed to a course in sociolinguistics exhibited less biased attitudes than their counterparts. It is suggested that such courses be incorporated in teacher education programs. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A