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Identifying Key Concepts. Descriptors. Searching in ERIC, & Terms

Before you can search for appropriate articles for your bibliography, you need to identify the key concepts in your research topic, and identify any synonyms or alternative terms. Let's look at the first five topics in your syllabus:

Step 1: Identify the key concepts in your research topic.
Step 2: Identify any synonyms or alternative terms. You can look at the ERIC thesaurus for ideas.

Language skills for children attending international schools

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Concept 1 language OR talk* OR conversation OR communicat*
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Concept 2 skills OR abilit*        
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Concept 3 international schools   bilingual education   multiculturalism   bilingual schools

 
Identify ERIC descriptors for more precise results:

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Descriptor language skills OR intercultural commications OR communication problems    
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Descriptor international schools            

 

 Useful Terms for ECIS Students

  • International schools
    Scope note:
    Schools offering a curriculum different from the national curriculum of the country in which they are located, and that, as a deliberate policy, attract students temporarily residing in a foreign nation to be educated together - often characterized by a commitment to international education philosophy and bilingualism
  • International education
    Scope note:
    Study of educational, social, political, economic, and environmental forces of international relations, with special emphasis on the role and potentialities of educational forces
  • Dependents Schools (use this in the identifier field, not as descriptor)
    Scope note: Schools outside of the United States established to educate children of American military personnel
  • Global education
    Scope note: Learning/teaching activities across all grade levels that focus on the inter-relatedness of peoples, cultures, and nations -- subfields include world geography, world history, and international relations
  • Foreign countries
    Scope note: Countries other than the U.S. (Note: Coordinate with geographic Identifiers to indicate document subject -- prior to Mar80, the use of this term was not restricted by a Scope Note)
  • International baccalaureate
    Scope note: Specialized secondary school diploma valid internationally as evidence of satisfactory completion of secondary school education (Note: From 2003-2004, the Descriptor "International Baccalaureate" was carried in the Thesaurus. The term now used in Advanced Placement Programs.)
  • Bilingual education
    Scope note: Encouragement of bilingualism through the teaching of regular school courses in both the national language and a second language (Note: Use a more precise term if possible)
  • Multicultural education
    Scope note: Education involving two or more ethnic groups and designed to help participants clarify their own ethnic identity and appreciate that of others, reduce prejudice and stereotyping, and promote cultural pluralism and equal participation (Note: Do not confuse with "Cross Cultural Training," which, prior to Jan79, was frequently used for "Multicultural Education")
  • Educational media
    Scope note:
    Equipment and materials used for communication in instruction (Note: Use a more specific term if possible)
  • Multimedia
    Scope note: The integration of more than one medium in a presentation or module of instruction
  • Media research
    Scope note:
    Systematic investigations of the use, characteristics, and effects of print and nonprint media.
  • Media selection
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  • Audiovisual communications
    Scope note: Transmission of instructional information by audio and/or visual systems (Note: Prior to Mar80, "Audiovisual Communication" was not scoped and was occasionally used in noninstructional settings)
  • Media adaptation
    Scope note: Modification of existing information and materials to meet alternative needs
  • Nonprint media
    Scope note:
    Materials used in communication that are not in the print medium nor textual or book-like in nature (
  • Choice of the most appropriate material or channel of communication