ERIC Number: ED467683
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
Diverse Voices -- The Inclusion of Language-Minority Populations in National Studies: Challenges and Opportunities.
Li, Rose Maria, Ed.; McCardle, Peggy, Ed.; Clark, Rebecca L., Ed.; Kinsella, Kevin, Ed.; Berch, Daniel, Ed.
This report presents information developed from a workshop on the Inclusion of Language Minority Populations in National Studies (Bethesda, MD, July 17-28, 2000). To help find ways for survey research to capture the increasing linguistic diversity of the United States and thus be truly representative, this report focuses on current barriers to inclusion as well as ways to enable inclusion. Cost is the most significant barrier to including language-minority populations in national studies because of the costs of sampling and obtaining and using bilingual research personnel. Geographic distribution, language change over time, lack of coherence with research goals, and the use of community members as translators and interpreters are other barriers. New technologies and approaches are offering solutions to these problems. Cost can be decreased through innovative sampling approaches. The translation of survey instruments should incorporate and expand on several principles, which include the testing of translations with focus groups of monolingual speakers from the target research group. Researchers should build time for translations when designing and planning studies, and the increasing sophistication of machine technology can reduce the amount of time required for professional translators to refine and correct tests. Researchers should make optimal use of existing knowledge by building on the work of others and collaborating across disciplines. Four appendixes discuss examples of recent and current practice, the agenda from the conference on including language minority populations in national studies, a list of conference presenters, and a list of workshop participants. The Executive Summary is published in brochure form in both English and Spanish. (Contains 1 table and 26 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. on Aging (DHHS/NIH), Bethesda, MD.
Note: Sponsored by the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities.