Communication and Culture | Topics in Communication & Culture
C415 | 9490 | Monaghan

Education is communication.  In formal settings such as schools and
informal settings such as families and cohorts of friends, children
and adults create and transmit knowledge, values and cultural
assumptions.  In this course, we will look at topics including 1)
cross-cultural socialization practices, particularly the process of
socialization through and to language both internationally and in the
United States; 2) the role literacy plays in formal and informal
education; 3) what happens when communication practices are
highlighted such as in the Oakland Ebonics Controvery and the passing
of California's Proposition 127 limiting bilingual education; and 4)
key issues of debate in current discussions of education including
test scores, community empowerment and parental choice.

The assignments of the course include on-going reflections on the
readings  including in oral presentations and on exams and a
large-scale end of term research project, either ethnographically or
historically oriented.  The course is designed to give students a set
of tools with which to critically examine education practices past and
present, internationally and locally.

There will be no textbooks for this course, instead there will be a
reading pack.  Possible readings include:

Ochs, E. and Schieffelin, B.B. (1984) Language Acquisition and
Three Developmental Stories and Their Implications. In R.A. Shweder
and R.A.
LeVine (eds.) Culture Theory (pp. 276-320), Cambridge: Cambridge

Heath, S.B. (1982) What No Bedtime Story Means. Language in Society

Philips, S.U. (1970) Participant Structures and Communication
Competence: Warm
Springs Children in Community and Classroom.  In J.E. Alatis (ed.)
Bilingualism and Language Contact. Washington, DC: Georgetown

Morgan, M. (1994) The African-American Speech Community: Reality and
Sociolinguists. In M. Morgan (ed.) Language and the Social
Construction of
Identity in Creole Situations (pp, 121-48). Los Angeles: The Center
Afro-American Studies.

All these can also be found in:
Duranti, A. (2001) Linguistic Anthropology: A Reader