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ERIC Number: ED001301
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1963-Nov
Pages: 100
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THE TEACHING OF SPANISH IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS AND THE EFFECTS ON ACHIEVEMENT IN OTHER SELECTED SUBJECT AREAS.
HAAK, LOUIS A.; LEINO, WALTER B.
WITH THE INCREASING PRESSURES FOR TEACHING MORE SUBJECTS AND DEVOTING MORE TIME TO PRESENT SUBJECTS, IS THE TEACHING OF FOREIGN LANGUAGE IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL A WORTHWHILE OBJECTIVE. A 3 YEAR STUDY IN THE ST. PAUL AREA ATTEMPTED TO DETERMINE WHETHER DEVOTING 15 MINUTES PER DAY TO SPANISH INSTRUCTION VIA TELEVISION HAD AN EFFECT ON LEARNING IN OTHER SUBJECT AREAS, AND TO ANSWER OTHER QUESTIONS RELEVANT TO FOREIGN LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION. CLASSES FROM SIX SCHOOLS WERE USED AS SUBJECTS. SIX OTHER SCHOOLS' CLASSES SERVED AS CONTROLS. APPROPRIATE EXPERIMENTAL TECHNIQUES WERE APPLIED WITH THE IOWA TESTS OF BASIC SKILLS AND THE STANFORD SOCIAL STUDIES TEST SERVING AS MEASURING INSTRUMENTS. BECAUSE OF THE SAMPLING METHODS USED, CONSIDERABLE STRAIN WAS PLACED UPON THE ASSUMPTIONS UNDERLYING THE STATISTICAL PROCEDURES EMPLOYED. CERTAIN CONCLUSIONS CAN, NEVERTHELESS, BE DRAWN--(1) DELETION OF TIME FROM ARITHMETIC, LANGUAGE, AND SOCIAL STUDIES HAD NO DETRIMENTAL EFFECT UPON MEASURED ACHIEVEMENT IN THE SUBJECT AREAS WHICH TIME WAS TAKEN, (2) MEASURED INTELLIGENCE IS POSITIVELY CORRELATED WITH MEASURED ACHIEVEMENT IN THE LEARNING OF SPANISH. THESE FINDINGS HAVE SEVERAL IMPLICATIONS FOR CURRICULUM PLANNING AT THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LEVEL. UNANSWERABLE WERE CERTAIN OTHER QUESTIONS IMPLICIT IN THE OTHER STATED OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAM--(1) TO DETERMINE WHETHER GRADE LEVEL HAS AN EFFECT ON LANGUAGE LEARNING UNDER SIMILAR CIRCUMSTANCES, (2) TO DETERMINE LEARNING IN OTHER SUBJECTS, (3) TO DETERMINE WHETHER TIME ALLOTED TO CERTAIN SUBJECTS, TO ALLOW TIME TO TEACH A FOREIGN LANGUAGE, HAS MORE EFFECT IN ONE AREA THAN IN ANOTHER. (EIGHT APPENDICES CONTAIN CLASS AVERAGE SCORES OBTAINED THROUGHOUT THE STUDY.)
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Authoring Institution: Saint Paul Public Schools, Minn.
Identifiers: MINNESOTA; Minnesota (Saint Paul)