Improving Schooling for Language-Minority Children

Improving Schooling for Language-Minority Children

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How do we effectively teach children from homes in which a language other than English is spoken? In Improving Schooling for Language-Minority Children, a committee of experts focuses on this central question, striving toward the construction of a strong and credible knowledge base to inform the activities of those who educate children as well as those who fund and conduct research. The book reviews a broad range of studies--from basic ones on language, literacy, and learning to others in educational settings. The committee proposes a research agenda that responds to issues of policy and practice yet maintains scientific integrity. This comprehensive volume provides perspective on the history of bilingual education in the United States; summarizes relevant research on development of a second language, literacy, and content knowledge; reviews past evaluation studies; explores what we know about effective schools and classrooms for these children; examines research on the education of teachers of culturally and linguistically diverse students; critically reviews the system for the collection of education statistics as it relates to this student population; and recommends changes in the infrastructure that supports research on these students.The passage of Goals 2000 and the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (now called the Improving ... including familiar standardized multiple-choice test items; brief constructed response exercises, such as fill-in items; ... Regardless of the technique employed, however, all such assessments aspire to a€œfaithfully reflect important learning goals. ... For example, a multiple-choice question requiring recall of a key fact or concept might be consistent with aanbsp;...

Title:Improving Schooling for Language-Minority Children
Author:Committee on Developing a Research Agenda on the Education of Limited English Proficient and Bilingual Students, Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, National Research Council and Institute of Medicine
Publisher:National Academies Press - 1997-04-30


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