ERIC Number: ED209359
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
In Search of a Paradigm for Bilingual Education.
Aquirre, Adalberto, Jr.
The success of a new paradigm depends upon the level of coherency and organization within its supporting community, and Thomas Kuhn's argument concerning the resistance to new paradigms and their power to change the existing order can be used in the context of bilingual education. Bilingual education programs have the potential to create a scientific revolution in the field of education, have drawn a widespread resistance from existing paradigms, but have failed to instigate any paradigmatic changes in current educational practice. An examination of the various types of bilingual education programs currently functioning in American public schools raises the following questions: (1) Can bilingual education programs be characterized to the extent and level of technical knowledge that make them operational? (2) What are the effects of technological characteristics on the bilingual classroom structure and its outcomes? (3) Is it possible to structure bilingual education programs into "ideal type" models? Bilingual education has failed to arise as a paradigmatic response to a unique set of beliefs and has not developed a model that would generate hypotheses relevant to its survival in a bureaucratic environment. Bilingual education must gain control of itself and direct its own action. (Author/ML)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
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