ERIC Number: ED200706
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Vernacular Black English Inservice Program. King Elementary School. Final Evaluation.
Ann Arbor Public Schools, MI.
Teachers from the Martin Luther King Junior Elementary School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, completed a black vernacular inservice program during the 1979-80 academic year. This final report of the program was submitted to the superintendent of schools in compliance with a court order and is divided into four sections. The overview summarizes the educational and linguistic information available for the construction of the program and describes the five formal inservice sessions, four teacher directed seminar sessions, classroom observations, and teacher consultations that comprised the program. A report by external consultants presents the issues concerning black vernacular in an historical/contemporary setting, a description of workshop sessions on oral language assessment, a research review regarding black English and learning to read, and an evaluative report of classroom observations and teacher interviews. The Teacher Questionnaire Results section provides data regarding the teachers' perceptions of their understanding of the issues surrounding black English and learning to read as well as their perceptions of the inservice program itself. The Plaintiff Student Case Studies provide data regarding the progress of these students in reading and attendance and their use of black vernacular in school. (Author/MK)
Descriptors: Black Dialects, Case Studies, Elementary Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Interviews, Language Attitudes, Linguistics, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Reading Ability, School Visitation, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Workshops, Verbal Communication
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ann Arbor Public Schools, MI.