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ERIC Number: ED374166
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-May
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
African-American Attitudes Concerning African-American English.
Carter, Linda Carol
For the past 25 years, controversy has developed over the value and use of African-American (AA) English. This study examined the opinions of AAs from a variety of backgrounds and communities in California and Georgia to obtain their views on AA English; its place in the school, in the community, and in AA heritage; and its role in the futures of AA students. The results from 51 completed questionnaires and four interviews indicated that AAs have varying opinions about AA English. Most educators in California were aware of the goal of recognizing AA English in the classroom, but it did not appear to be a topic of discussion of school boards and state legislatures nationwide. Most of the respondents felt that some AAs do speak with a dialect, but they did not believe there was a language known as AA English. Overall, most of the respondents agreed that AA English is a valuable part of their heritage, however, it had no place in the classroom, and its use beyond one's community can affect students' opportunities and economic success. Appendices include respondents' demographic data and the survey questionnaire. (Contains 8 references.) (GLR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A