ERIC Number: ED415685
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Integrating Language and Culture in the Social Studies. A Final Report to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement.
Short, Deborah J.
The report details a study of ways in which classroom teachers can promote language minority students' academic linguistic competence in English, develop and implement social studies lessons that are sensitive to the cultural and educational backgrounds of language minority students, and help these students adapt to the school-based culture. The study includes examination of middle school social studies (U.S. history and world history) classrooms at several sites around the United States to identify which academic language and culture demands of this content area pose difficulties for these students and which strategies promote student success. Three focal areas are: academic discourse in social studies classes; common social studies activities; and the resources concerning different cultures that students bring to the classroom. Results in each of these areas are summarized. Appended materials include a list of the specific research questions, textbook analysis protocols, and a list of project publications. Contains 101 references. (MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Classroom Communication, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Education, Curriculum Development, Discourse Analysis, English (Second Language), Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Materials, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Language Minorities, Language Role, Material Development, Middle Schools, Second Language Instruction, Social Studies
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC.; National Center for Research on Cultural Diversity and Second Language Learning, Santa Cruz, CA.