Improving Schooling for Language-Minority Children: A Research Agenda / Edition 1

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Overview

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.
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Eleven chapters focus on how to effectively teach children from homes in which a language other than English is spoken. Discussions include a summary of relevant research on the development of a second language, literacy and content knowledge; a review of past evaluation studies; what is known about effective schools and classrooms for these children; an examination of research on the education of teachers of culturally and linguistically diverse students; a critical review of the system for the collection of education statistics as it relates to this student population; and recommendations for changes in the infrastructure that supports research on these students. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780309054973
  • Publisher: National Academies Press
  • Publication date: 9/19/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 6.17 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.52 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Executive Summary 1
1 Overview 13
2 Bilingualism and Second-Language Learning 29
3 Cognitive Aspects of School Learning: Literacy Development and Content Learning 53
4 The Social Context of School Learning 85
5 Student Assessment 113
6 Program Evaluation 139
7 Studies of School and Classroom Effectiveness 163
8 Preparation and Development of Teachers Serving English-Language Learners 251
9 Estimating Population Parameters 275
10 Issues Related to the Research Infrastructure 307
11 Priorities for Research 343
App. A The Infrastructure for Research on English-Language Learners and Bilingual Education 363
App. B Federal and State Interviews 413
App. C Funded Research Activities 433
App. D Committee Sources 467
Biographical Sketches of Committee Members and Staff 471
Index 477
Other Reports from The Board on Children, Youth, and Families 487
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