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ERIC Number: ED447496
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jul
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
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A Civil Rights Issue? Vocabulary Development in Math and Science.
Van Sickle, Meta; Blake, Mary
This project was initiated in response to the science and mathematics language needs of Sea Island students who speak African-American dialects. Research has indicated that there appears to be a relationship between dialect diversity and academic success. In response, the program's goals were to identify students who exhibited dialect/language diversity; to document the characteristics of that diversity; and to implement teaching/learning strategies to enhance a student's ability to process information and communicate about it in a Western modern way. As a case study, it involved the constant comparison of language tapes and field notes, participant observation, and review of documents. Each of the sessions also included the implementation of instructional strategies designed to help students enhance their content learning and the ability to communicate about it. Documentation shows that the specific science and mathematics techniques helped students to recognize the need to use precision via explicit and highly descriptive words when communicating with non-island speakers. In general, outcomes indicate that the issues of dialect diversity and its impact on the communication of intuitive knowledge need to be recognized and acknowledged by both dialect and non-dialect speakers. (Contains 82 references and a figure.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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