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ERIC Number: ED228841
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Sep
Pages: 16
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Problems in the Comparative Analysis of Bilingual Education.
Paulston, Christina Bratt
A review of research reveals little attention paid to the problems of a comparative approach to the analysis of bilingual education (BE). This paper explores some of the functions and problems of a comparative study of BE to clarify the question of whether BE research can be generalized. While problems of comparative research are common to all social and behavioral research, in BE research there is the frequent phenomenon of contradictory data. This has led to the need for cross societal, cross cultural, and cross national approaches. In order to identify the conditions under which children will master two languages, a case study approach is called for. This approach, although an appropriate one, brings with it the problem of comparability of variables, such as the comparison of programs for migrant children with Canadian immersion programs. Other difficulties are the problems of sampling, finding indicators that are unique to research on bilingualism, the matter of quantitative and qualitative data, and the problem of testing. In addition to these methodological problems, there are also theoretical, analytical, and ethical problems. It is hoped that this review of problems will contribute to researchers' good judgment in understanding the problems specific to BE research. (AMH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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