SITUATIONAL CONTEXT OF EDUCATION: A WINDOW INTO THE WORLD OF BILINGUAL
LEARNERS. María Estela Brisk, Angela Burgos, and Sara Ruth
Hamerla. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum, 2004. Pp. vii + 246. $24.50 paper.
In this volume, Brisk, Burgos, and Hamerla offer educators of
language-minority students assistance in addressing two perennial
challenges: linking sociolinguistic theory and research to classroom
practice and strengthening connections between home and school. Their
offering comes as a collection of thoughtfully crafted, tested, and honed
lesson plans through which teachers and students together study the
linguistic, cultural, economic, political, and social factors that affect
students and their learning in a bilingual and bicultural environment.
They propose that close examination of the situational context of
education in one's own community will benefit students, their
families, and their teachers and, ultimately, promote learning.