ERIC Number: ED374644
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-May
The Logic of Language: A Paradigm for Multicultural Literacy.
Velsor, Kathleen; O'Neill, Irma J.
It is argued that in the culturally rich communities developing in the United States, educators can do much more to develop literacy programs that reflect real student needs, differences, and talents. Widespread dependency on pre-defined curricula and assessment is seen as perpetuating outdated classroom strategies and techniques that do not work. A new paradigm for multicultural literacy that acknowledges the role of language as a cognitive and affective factor in human development and learning is proposed. In this approach, schools should be "linguistic zones" in which students and teachers learn to listen to different voices. Empowerment of each individual, by providing a social and cultural context for the use of language to solve problems, is the objective. It is suggested that to make this occur: (1) every classroom must be filled with varied vehicles for communication, (2) all students must enter into a critical dialogue with those outside their cultural communities, and (3) educators must create literature with the people in the communities they teach. Examples of programs in which these things are being done are offered. A brief reference list is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on Bilingual and Multicultural Education (13th, Cleveland, OH, May 1993).