ERIC Number: ED321427
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Assessing the Language Difficulties of Hispanic Bilingual Students. Abstract 23: Research & Resources on Special Education.
ERIC Clearinghouse on Handicapped and Gifted Children, Reston, VA.
This research summary identifies major factors affecting the validity of language assessments in bilingual students. The four factors include: (1) determining which language is dominant and in which language the child should be tested; (2) recognizing that bilingual children may use language in a way that is qualitatively different from that of monolingual children; (3) recognizing the influence of cultural differences and the local environment; and (4) overcoming the insufficiencies of existing diagnostic instruments. Literature-based recommendations for selecting a battery of language assessments are offered, and research needs are listed. A 35-item bibliography on assessing language disorders in bilingual students accompanies the research summary. (JDD)
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Cultural Differences, Diagnostic Tests, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Handicap Identification, Hispanic Americans, Language Handicaps, Language Tests, Research Needs, Student Evaluation, Test Bias, Testing Problems
ERIC/OSEP Special Project on Interagency Information Dissemination, Council for Exceptional Children, 1920 Association Dr., Reston, VA 22091 ($1.00 each, minimum order $5.00).
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Collected Works - Serials; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC. Div. of Innovation and Development.; Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Handicapped and Gifted Children, Reston, VA.