ERIC Number: ED338768
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Effective Schools for National Origin Language Minority Students.
Pierce, Lorraine Valdez
This monograph examines effective schooling for language minority students through a review of current practices, an analysis of current thinking on related issues, and a look at actual exemplary schools and programs. The first section briefly reviews effective schools research as an introduction to the text. The second section looks in detail at instructional practices that preclude equity and excellence. This section also addresses practices that promote acquisition of English and understanding of and respect for cultural differences in the classroom. The third section is a re-analysis of the effective schools literature covering the following topics: (1) cultural pluralism; (2) parent participation; (3) shared governance; (4) academically rich programs; (5) skilled use and training of teachers; (6) personal attention to students; (7) student responsibility for school affairs; (8) an accepting and supportive environment; and (9) teaching aimed at preventing academic problems. The fourth section describes research that has been conducted on four effective programs and finds that these programs tend to reflect reciprocal interaction models rather than transmission oriented models of education. Other commonalities include curriculum that goes beyond basic skills, respect for cultural pluralism, staff development aimed at enabling teachers to deal with culturally different children, encouraging student collaboration in lesson planning and preparation, and shared school governance. Also included are a glossary of terms and 62 references. (JB)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Educationally Disadvantaged, Effective Schools Research, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Ethnic Groups, Hispanic Americans, Limited English Speaking, Minority Groups, School Effectiveness, Second Language Instruction, Spanish Speaking, Urban Schools
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: American Univ., Washington, DC. Mid-Atlantic Equity Center.