ERIC Number: ED271026
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Assessing Afro-American English Comprehension by Student Teachers Whose Mother Tongue Is Mainstream English.
Coe, Elizabeth Beaubien
A study of the relationship of teacher attitudes toward and comprehension of Black English examined certain characteristics of a group of university graduate students in education in relation to their self-evaluations of Black English comprehension, stated attitudes, and types of interpretation errors. The characteristics of graduate students examined included years of formal teacher education, number of linguistics and English grammar courses taken, foreign languages studied, age, and sex. Eight specific hypotheses were tested. Results indicate a mean comprehension level of 60 percent (range 43.3 to 71.2 percent), with significantly higher levels among student teachers having taken grammar and linguistics courses and those who had taught longer. No positive correlation between the teachers' attitudes toward and comprehension of Black English was found. It is recommended that further research on comprehension and communication in classes in which some students speak Black English be performed, and that teachers take more courses in grammar and linguistics, especially Black English. (MSE)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Houston.