Professor of Linguistics Mary Bucholtz and Jin Sook Lee, an Associate Professor in the Gevirtz School at UC Santa Barbara, have been awarded a 2010 UC/ACCORD Faculty Seed Grant for the project School Kids Investigating Language in Life and Society (SKILLS).
The proposed project is the pilot phase of an intervention enhancing college opportunities for high school students of diverse economic, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds. SKILLS centers on an innovative and rigorous college-level curriculum in linguistics, supported by intensive academic mentoring. Teams of Graduate Student Teaching Fellows, undergraduate assistants, and Master Teachers in ninth- through twelfth-grade social studies classrooms in Santa Barbara County teach linguistic concepts and methods using a hands-on, technologically cutting-edge curriculum that gives students extensive experience in college-level work. Students carry out and present original empirical linguistic research on scientific, social-scientific, and humanistic/ artistic aspects of the language and culture used in their peer groups, homes, and local communities. They thereby gain a deep understanding of linguistic phenomena, the research process, and academic communication from diverse disciplinary perspectives. In addition, students’ enhanced appreciation of their linguistic heritage and their own linguistic expertise helps foster their multicultural college-going identities.
UC/ACCORD is a multi-campus research unit that conducts and disseminates research directly relevant to increasing the equity along the education pipeline from pre-school to graduate school. UC/ACCORD’s body of work enhances education policy, research and practices across California. UC/ACCORD’s theme – “Research to Make a Difference” – encapsulates its primary goal. To meet this goal, UC/ACCORD funds fellowship and research grants, conducts an annual conference, and contributes to the California Educational Opportunity Report.
Mary Bucholtz is a Professor of Linguistics and is an affiliated faculty member with the Gevirtz School.
Jin Sook Lee is an Associate Professor in the Department of Education at UCSB’s Gevirtz School. She received her Ph.D. in Education from Stanford University and an M.A. degree in Linguistics from Yonsei University in Korea. Her research focuses on the educational processes of immigrant children, in particular as they pertain to the understanding of the cultural, sociopolitical, and sociopsychological factors that influence and shape their language learning and development. She is an active member of the American Educational Research Association and the American Association of Applied Linguistics and serves on the editorial board of the International Multilingual Research Journal (Taylor & Francis). Lee also served on the UC LMRI Faculty Steering Committee from 2006-2009. She is a recipient of the Foundation for Child Development Young Scholars Award.
[Mary Bucholtz and Jin Sook Lee are available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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