ERIC Number: ED256187
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jan
Reference Count: 0
The Politics of Speaking: An Approach to Evaluating Bilingual-Bicultural Schools. Bilingual Education Paper Series, Vol. 1, No. 6.
A method of evaluating bilingual-bicultural education programs that has a sociolinguistic basis uses samples of the language spoken by a number of bilingual program students as they go through their school day. A random sample of the child's speech would be continuously recorded for an hour, with a bilingual observer taking running notes on where the child was and what he was doing while speaking. The observer would later code the language forms the student, teachers, and peers used to identify the "social punishment" administered intentionally or unintentionally. The costs would be greater than those of administering standardized tests, but not more than other observation methods. The major advantage of this method is that it provides direct measures of the actual speech behavior relevant to program effectiveness in language maintenance, and it also allows staff to hear their own and students' school talk as a basis for formative evaluation and inservice training. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California State Univ., Los Angeles. Evaluation, Dissemination and Assessment Center.