ERIC Number: EJ692197
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb
Making Ends Meet: Bringing Bilingual Education and Mainstream Students Together in Preservice Teacher Education
Evans, Carol; Arnot-Hopffer, Elizabeth; Jurich, Donna
Equity and Excellence in Education, v38 n1 p75-88 Feb 2005
In some institutions offering certification for bilingual education and ESL teachers, the corresponding mainstream programs do little to ready their students to work effectively with language minority children. Yet today's mainstream classrooms are linguistically and culturally diverse, and all teachers must appreciate the role of language and culture in teaching and learning. This study describes one effort to consciously combine preservice bilingual and mainstream education teachers in a bilingual education methods cohort. Students reported promising gains in cross-cultural understanding and in cross-program appreciation. Some losses took place as well, however, and further innovation and research are needed in order to ensure that such efforts to combine programs strengthen, but not weaken, each program.
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Minority Group Children, Language Minorities, Language Role, Bilingualism, Bilingual Education
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