ERIC Number: ED370377
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-May
Reference Count: N/A
Enhancing the Delivery of Services to Black Special Education Students from Non-Standard English Backgrounds. Final Report.
In response to the problem of high rates of referral of black students to special education and related services due to their use of non-standard English (African American Vernacular English, AAVE), a project was undertaken to assess and address the issue in Baltimore (Maryland) public schools' special education services. An ethnographic study of classroom interaction indicated that students used standard and non-standard English in patterned ways, suggesting that a more important issue is the infrequent opportunities for extended academic talk, the linguistic register of success at school and beyond. Resulting efforts include the following: research with speech/language pathologists that has developed a regionally-normed profile of AAVE for more accurate student assessment; training of teachers in interactive instructional strategies to enhance academic talk; and development of teacher training materials and curricular materials for students designed to recontextualize language and dialect varieties as cultural resources rather than social problems. (MSE)
Descriptors: Black Dialects, Classroom Communication, Communication Skills, Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Disability Identification, Elementary Education, Ethnography, Evaluation Criteria, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Materials, Language Role, Local Norms, Public Schools, Regional Dialects, Skill Development, Standard Spoken Usage, Student Evaluation
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Inst. for the Study of Exceptional Children and Youth.