ERIC Number: ED309637
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
The Amish Child as an E.S.L. Culturally Different Learner in the Rural Public School Classroom.
Newcomb, Thomas L.
While the Amish are an established cultural group in the United States, Amish children are relatively ignored as a cultural and language minority group in public schools. Little information is available to the educator wishing to understand these children. Teacher education programs do not prepare teachers to deal with the language and experience backgrounds of Amish children while respecting their religious codes for action, dress, belief, and avoidance. The Amish home and culture are significantly different from mainstream society. Most Amish acquired their German dialect as their first language. The Amish child is clearly an English-as-a-Second-Language student in school. Amish children have great educational promise, but achievement depends on the learning environment. Limited studies at local levels have indicated that bilingual/multicultural education can be helpful to Amish children. Possible strategies include: treating this population as a bilingual-cultural minority; identifying, recognizing, and remediating cultural and language barriers; acknowledging cultural and language influences in testing; gathering information on the Amish for teachers; improved communication and interaction with the Amish community, including preparation of children for school; and including the Amish culture in teacher preparation courses. A variety of strategies can also be used to integrate and accommodate Amish children into the classroom. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States