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ERIC Number: EJ1175528
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2153-4799
The Development of the Bilingual Special Education Field: Major Issues, Accomplishments, Future Directions, and Recommendations
Zhang, Chun; Choh, Su-Je
Journal of Multilingual Education Research, v1 n1 Article 7 p45-62 Spr 2010
In this paper, we review various challenges in regard to educating children with and without disabilities from culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) backgrounds. The challenges discussed include (1) biased assessment that results in mis- or overrepresenting CLD students in special education, (2) difficulty distinguishing between disability and differences, and (3) lack of competent bilingual special educators. As recommended practices, we propose to use the response to intervention model in identifying and instructing CLD children with and without disabilities. We point out that future research should examine how collaborative service delivery models contribute to referrals of CLD children into special education and the instruction of these children. Future research should also focus on how to expand teachers' knowledge about both the sociocultural and learning contexts to aid in producing positive outcomes for CLD children both with and without disabilities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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