ERIC Number: ED293679
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Jan
Bilingual Special Education Is Appropriate for Mexican-American Children with Mildly Handicapping Conditions. ERIC Digest.
Rodriguez, Richard F.
Mexican American children have made poor progress in special education programs as currently structured. Existing data appear to indicate that minority children, particularly Mexican American, continue to be placed in special education out of proportion to their numbers in the general population. Although the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (PL 94-142) requires that each child referred to special education receive a comprehensive assessment using valid tests administered in the child's dominant language, current assessment practices lead to mislabelling and misplacing Mexican American students. Lack of trained personnel makes it impossible to provide appropriate services to bilingual special education children as mandated by PL 94-142. The development of instructional programs is hampered by lack of knowledge about the learning styles and cognitive development in minority group, bilingual children. Comprehensive, evaluated programs taking these factors into account have not been developed or proven effective for minority group handicapped children. A school district's philosophy of bilingual education and the type of language instruction provided will have a major impact on bilingual special education students. Parental involvement in a child's total educational program has recently become a principle intervention strategy and should be used with minority group parents. (JHZ)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Educational Diagnosis, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Development, Limited English Speaking, Mexican American Education, Mexican Americans, Mild Disabilities, Minority Group Teachers, Parent Role, Parent School Relationship, Preservice Teacher Education, Special Education, Teacher Education Curriculum, Teacher Qualifications
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Las Cruces, NM.