ERIC Number: ED429414
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
What Educators Need To Know about Bilingual Students and...Talent Development. Practitioners' Guide A9713.
Kloosterman, Valentina, Ed.; Diaz, Eva, Ed.
This brochure for educators discusses bilingual children and talent development. It defines the optimal level of bilingualism as balanced bilingualism, in which the bilingual student shows age-appropriate abilities and feels at ease in both languages. At this level bilingual children may be more flexible in their thinking mainly because of the constant switching and awareness of using both languages. It is stressed that the development and nurturance of both languages is needed to contribute to talent development in all domains. Educators are urged to: (1) provide a learning environment that encourages bilingualism, values cultural differences, and supports these students' expressions of their strengths and interests; (2) show positive and high expectations of their bilingual students as well as an awareness of the family culture; (3) use flexible and diverse assessment procedures for the identification of cognitive strengths, abilities, interests, and learning styles of bilingual students; (4) establish programs that provide enrichment opportunities in both languages to promote talent development; (5) allow students to develop individual and group projects by selecting an interest topic or area of study; and (6) encourage family and community members to participate as facilitators of enrichment clusters, and exploratory and investigative activities, and as mentors. (CR)
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Bilingualism, Cultural Awareness, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrichment Activities, Family Role, Gifted, Mentors, Student Evaluation, Talent, Talent Development, Teacher Role, Teacher Student Relationship
National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, University of Connecticut, 362 Fairfield Road, U-7, Storrs, CT 06269-2007.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, Storrs, CT.