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ERIC Number: ED010108
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Pages: 378
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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VALUE ORIENTATION AND THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE IN PUERTO RICO--ATTITUDES TOWARD SECOND LANGUAGE LEARNING AMONG NINTH-GRADE PUPILS AND THEIR PARENTS.
EPSTEIN, ERWIN H.
AN ATTEMPT WAS MADE TO MEASURE THE ATTITUDES OF PUERTO RICAN CHILDREN (NINTH GRADERS) TOWARD THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. THE PRIMARY CONCERN WAS TO ASCERTAIN WHETHER THOSE PUPILS WHO WERE MOST LIKELY TO BENEFIT FROM THE EVALUATION OF THE NEW ORDER WERE THOSE WHO DISPLAYED THE LEAST RESISTANCE TO LEARNING ENGLISH AND THE GREATEST APPRECIATION OF IT AS A MEANS OF SELF-BETTERMENT. THE STUDY WAS CONCERNED WITH NINTH GRADERS OF THE ENTIRE PUERTO RICAN SOCIETY IN BOTH PUBLIC AND CATHOLIC SCHOOLS. IN MAKING THE SURVEY, THE INVESTIGATOR SOUGHT REACTIONS TO SECOND-LANGUAGE LEARNING BEFORE THE ATTRITION RATE OF THE SCHOOL POPULATION BECAME HIGH AND SIFTED OUT MOST OF THE LEAST INTELLIGENT, LEAST MOTIVATED, OR ECONOMICALLY LEAST ENDOWED STUDENTS. PARENTAL ATTITUDES WERE ALSO ELICITED IN ORDER TO ASSESS THE EXISTENCE OF INTERGENERATIONAL DIFFERENCES. A REVIEW OF THE FINDINGS REVEALS A PICTURE CONTRARY TO MANY ANTICIPATIONS. FOR EXAMPLE, LITTLE RELATIONSHIP WAS FOUND BETWEEN THE PLACE OF RESIDENCE AND THE ATTITUDE TOWARD ENGLISH. NO CONSISTENT POSITIVE RELATIONSHIP WITH SOCIOECONOMIC POSITION WAS UNCOVERED. MANY ATTITUDES WERE RELATED SIGNIFICANTLY TO SOCIAL MOBILITY. A TOTAL OF 224 TABLES WERE INCLUDED. (JC)
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Authoring Institution: Chicago Univ., IL.
Identifiers: PUERTO RICO