Distance Learning: The Challenge for a Multicultural Society.
National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education, Washington, DC.
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This monograph explores the ways in which telecommunications and computer technology are gradually transforming classroom teaching and learning, with particular attention to its benefits in the education of limited English proficient students. The Star Schools Program, a project to bring distance learning to underserved communities throughout the United States is highlighted. Examples also are cited of how distance learning is being used in the education of specific minority groups including migrant workers, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders. The author concludes by calling for large- scale educational telecommunications efforts aimed at culturally and linguistically diverse students. A list of references cited and a list of additional resources are appended. (cas)