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ENGL 115: Argumentation (Billings)

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Sample Search 1: English as a National Language
Databases: Academic Search Complete, Education Source, ERIC, & OmniFile

line 1: "english language" (Subject Terms)
line 2: "language policy" or "government policy" or "english-only" (Subject Terms)
line 3: "united states" (Select a Field)

This search retrieved 197 peer reviewed citations.

Sample Search 2: Education for Indigenous Groups 
Databases: Education Source, ERIC

line 1: education (Subject Terms)
line 2: hawaiians or "alaska natives" or "american indian" (Subject Terms)
line 3: "elementary schools" (Select a Field)

This search retrieved 103 citations, 33 of them peer reviewed. If you change the third line to "secondary schools" the respective results are 1,253 and 353 citations.

This sounds like an interesting article:
Scaffolding Language, Literacy, and Academic Content in English and Spanish: The Linguistic Highway from Mesoamerica to Southern California

Sample Search 3: Multicultural Education (generally)
Databases: Education Source, ERIC

This is a very broad topic so you will need to narrow your scope. Sample Search 2 is one example. Here are some Subject Terms (index terms) that might prove useful:

  • african american students
  • alaska natives
  • american indian
  • hawaiians
  • hispanic american students
  • minority group students
  • cultural differences
  • cultural pluralism
  • culturally relevant education
  • equal education
  • ethnic diversity
  • ethnic groups
  • multicultural education
  • racial bias
  • racial differences
  • social bias
  • student diversity