Date: 05-Jan-2006 From: Elizabeth Gangeri <Elizabeth.Gangerierlbaum.com> Subject: Bilingual Education: Brisk
Title: Bilingual Education
Subtitle: From Compensatory to Quality Schooling, Second Edition
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
Author: Maria Estela Brisk, Boston University
Paperback: ISBN: 0805847731 Pages: 272 Price: U.S. $ 29.95
"Bilingual Education: From Compensatory to Quality Schooling, Second Edition" maintains its original purpose of synthesizing the research on successful bilingual education in order to demonstrate that quality bilingual education is possible and desirable.
Findings from a wide range of studies are integrated to provide a clear picture of bilingual education in today's schools, and a professional understanding of the foundations and issues surrounding bilingual education programs. The recommendations offered provide a comprehensive basis for planning, developing, improving, and evaluating bilingual programs. For clarity, these recommendations are discussed with respect to the whole school, the curriculum, and the classroom, but it is stressed that they need to be applied in a holistic way because they depend on each other. All educators who work or will work with bilingual students-classroom teachers, administrators, and curricula developers-will find the information in this text essential and will appreciate the straightforward approach and easy reading style.
Since the first edition, Maria Brisk has been involved in projects that allowed her to refine her thinking on success, to document success, and to help develop a program using the characteristics of successful programs as a guide. In addition, the turn of events in the past several years has deeply affected bilingual education in the United States.
Putting to practice the creation of quality bilingual education demonstrates the possibilities and the difficulties. Documenting this process highlights the need for collaboration and support in order to achieve quality education.