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ERIC Number: ED002611
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1961-Oct
Pages: 25
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MIGRANT CHILDREN IN CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS, A 1961 SURVEY OF SCHOOLS SERVING CHILDREN OF SEASONAL FARM WORKERS.
NANCE, AFTON D.
ENROLLMENT, ATTENDANCE, CLASS SIZE, NUMBER OF TEACHERS EMPLOYED, ADEQUACY OF FACILITIES, AND PROBLEMS RELATED TO THE EDUCATION OF CHILDREN OF MIGRANT WORKERS WERE THE CONCERNS OF A 1961 SURVEY OF SCHOOLS SERVING CHILDREN OF SEASONAL FARM WORKERS. QUESTIONNAIRES WERE SENT TO THE SUPERINTENDENTS OF 105 CALIFORNIA DISTRICTS ENROLLING THE MOST MIGRANT CHILDREN IN THE STATE. THE DATA PRESENTED WERE BASED ON RESPONSES TO 80 QUESTIONNAIRES. RESULTS INDICATED SOME OF THE PROBLEMS INVOLVED IN PROVIDING A HIGH QUALITY EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM. THE SCHOOLS REPORTING EMPLOYED 6.6 PERCENT MORE TEACHERS WHO WERE NOT FULLY QUALIFIED THAN THE REST OF THE STATE. INADEQUATE SCHOOL HOUSING WAS REPORTED BY 25 PERCENT OF THE DISTRICTS. OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF RESPONDENTS, 27 PERCENT MAINTAINED HALF-DAY SESSIONS FOR ONE OR MORE CLASSROOMS, THERE WAS 8.6 PERCENT IN THE STATE AS A WHOLE. DURING THE PERIOD OF HIGH ENROLLMENT, CLASS SIZE IN 87 PERCENT OF THE DISTRICT WAS OVER 25. THE PROBLEMS ARISING FROM ADVERSE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL CONDITIONS AFFECTING THE CHILDREN WERE MAINLY UNCHANGED FROM PREVIOUS YEARS. RESPONDENTS MENTIONED THE DETRIMENTAL EFFECTS OF POOR PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH, OF SPORADIC ATTENDANCE, OF CONSTANT ADJUSTMENT OF NEW TEACHERS AND CLASSMATES, AND OF GENERAL INSECURITY AND FRUSTRATION. LOW PARENTAL MORALE WAS CONSIDERED A SERIOUS PROBLEM BY MANY OF THE RESPONDENTS, A SITUATION WHICH COULD BE ALLEVIATED BY ALLOCATION OF FUNDS TO PERMIT SCHOOL DISTRICTS OR COUNTY OFFICES TO EMPLOY SOCIAL SERVICE WORKERS TO SERVE THE ADULT MIGRANTS. OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS WERE FOR A FEDERAL PROGRAM PROVIDING HEALTH AND WELFARE SERVICES TO FAMILIES ENGAGED IN INTERSTATE COMMERCE, SUMMER SCHOOL OPPORTUNITIES AND SPECIAL PLANS FOR PUPIL RECRUITMENT, AND THE START OF A STUDY ON THE TEACHING OF ENGLISH TO MIGRANT CHILDREN.
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Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.
Identifiers: California (Sacramento)