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Beyond Black ’n White: Addressing Cultural Bias in Word Gap Studies

by Anita Pandey — August 25, 2015

This piece identifies cultural bias in the word gap debate and offers recommendations.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: August 25, 2015
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18080, Date Accessed: 3/19/2018 6:10:26 PM

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  • Anita Pandey
    Morgan State University
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    ANITA PANDEY is Coordinator of Professional Development and Communication at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, and Executive Board member and Eastern Regional Representative of the National Association for Bilingual Education. She also serves as education advisor for the UNForgotten, a nonprofit dedicated to educating homeless children who pick and sell trash for a living in Africa and Southeast Asia. She picked up Hindi, Urdu, English, Yoruba, Hausa, and Nigerian Pidgin in her childhood, and learned French and Spanish as a teenager—primarily from children, as outlined in her first book, The Child Language Teacher: Intergenerational Language and Literary Enhancement (languagebuildingblocks.com). Her latest book is titled Language Building Blocks: Essential Linguistics for Early Childhood Educators (Teachers College Press). Her current projects include culturally inclusive vocabulary instruction strategies for dual language learners; researching and documenting lesser known languages spoken by Guatemalan and other Hispanic families in the U.S. northeast; tracking English language and literacy acquisition by newcomer children; and capturing the stories of undocumented children and their families.
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