ERIC Number: ED338102
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Designing and Evaluating Language Programs for African American (Black) Dialect Speakers: Some Guidelines for Educators.
Brooks, Pauline E.
The intent of this paper is to synthesize portions of the African American dialect literature that have relevance for designing, implementing, and evaluating school-based language programs for African American dialect speakers, and also to suggest guidelines for developing such programs. Because the issues reflect divergency and controversy, it is necessary to verify the match between philosophical underpinnings and program practices. The following guidelines are presented: (1) acknowledge and work with the varied interest groups (this involves mediation and coordination between groups, using school district resources, and ensuring that the evaluation plan meets information needs); (2) develop the philosophical bases of the program (e.g., advocate for the child); (3) identify and state program assumptions, values, and goals; (4) incorporate relevant research and theory (e.g., respect and use the richness of the cultural context, employ bridging strategies between dialects, use the child's existing language code-switching skills, identify and work out problems of mismatch in non-verbal communication); (5) assess existing program strengths, weaknesses, and problem areas (e.g., staff training, administrative/school support, relationship between the community and school, finances, facilities and materials, instruction, educational objectives and environment); and (6) develop evaluation plans as early as possible. Contains 40 references. (LB)
Publication Type: Guides - General; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Graduate School of Education