ERIC Number: ED300979
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Sociocultural Issues in the Assessment and Classroom Teaching of Language Minority Students. Crosscultural Special Education Series, Volume 3.
This guide examines problems in the assessment, evaluation, and teaching of language minority children who come from diverse sociocultural backgrounds. School systems must find valid means to assess linguistic minority students and must offer instructional approaches that can facilitate growth and development. General guidelines for assessment include understanding the referral question, selecting assessment tools based upon reliability and validity, using caution in interpreting test results, employing more than one measure, and avoiding inferences not warranted by the tests. The guidelines are applicable when using such assessment tools as observations, interviews, objective personality inventories, or projectives. Sociocultural influences are likely to have a major impact on the student's performance on intellectual assessment, on evaluations of learning disabilities, and on the measurement of socioemotional adjustment. Care must be taken so that assessment procedures accurately measure the characteristic of interest rather than sociocultural factors. Teachers can provide an educational atmosphere that enhances the growth and development of all students by understanding their own as well as their students' cultural backgrounds, by incorporating ethnically diverse teaching materials in class, and by helping parents to become actively involved in the education of their children. References are included. (JDD)
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Communication Disorders, Cultural Context, Cultural Influences, Educational Diagnosis, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Evaluation Methods, Limited English Speaking, Minority Groups, Sociocultural Patterns, Student Evaluation, Teaching Methods
Resources in Special Education, 650 University Ave., Room 201, Sacramento, CA 05825.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento. Div. of Special Education.
Note: The document was produced by Resources in Special Education. For volumes 1 and 2 of this series, see EC 211 272-273.