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This guide accompanies one of a pair of videocases depicting educational life in Columbus, New Mexico. The videocase includes 23 minutes of unstaged but edited videotape footage of teaching and learning in and around an elementary school. The first section of the guide, "Teaching Note" (Linda Warner), contains a transcript of the videotape and questions designed to help instructors engage people in case-based discussions. In the teaching note section, the videotape is divided into five segments: (1) the principal of Columbus School, Dennis Armijo, provides background on the district's practice of educating students from Mexico; (2) Lynda Leyba, a second-grade teacher, introduces a set of vocabulary words written in Spanish and English to her students; (3) Mario Vasquez, the bilingual resource teacher, conducts a lesson on chilies and describes his educational goals for students; (4) Leyba and members of the resource team talk about similarities and differences among cultural groups represented in Columbus School; and (5) the resource team discusses some of the challenges students from Columbus experience when they go to junior high school in Deming, New Mexico. Finally, one resource staff member describes changes in curriculum since she was a student at Columbus; another talks about efforts to involve parents in school activities. The second section, which comprises about three quarters of the guide, presents three critical perspectives on the video written by Ursula Casanova, Deidre Dancer McMann, and Martin Haberman. Each of these essays relates its author's life and professional experiences, the educational events in the video, and the broader concept of multicultural education. (LL)

Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Case Studies, Elementary Education, Higher Education, Instructional Improvement, Instructional Materials, Multicultural Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Educators, Videotape Cassettes

AACTE Publications, One Dupont Circle, Suite 610, Washington, DC 20036-1186 (Each videotape with one quide $75, both videotapes and guides $120; extra guides $10 each; add $5 handling and shipping).

Author: Herbert, Joanne M., Ed.; McNergney, Robert F., Ed.


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