ERIC Number: ED038192
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jun
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A Physical Education Guide with English Language Practice Drills for Teachers of Navajo Kindergarten and Primary School Children.
Tefft, Virginia J.
Cultural and language barriers, particularly among Indian and Spanish American students, face 40% of New Mexico's school age children. This often forces them to become disadvantaged as they progress through the public schools. The present 1968-69 study has devised guides for teaching physical education while giving second language practice in kindergarten and in primary grades. Teaching approaches motivate the learner toward a process of self-discovery in each activity. Procedures are described for subject selection, devising the guides, field testing the guides, and data collection and evaluation. Eleven teachers in 2 public schools with 275 students, mainly Navajo, field tested the guides for 18 weeks. It was found that, through teaching second language and physical education together, subjects learned to use selected English sentence patterns comfortably and appropriately, and associated language learning with enjoyable activities. It was recommended that the guides be revised, tested, and utilized in an extended 36-week program. The document contains a bibliography, along with a chapter devoted to review of related literature. The guides for teaching physical education simultaneously with English language practice drills are appended. An evaluation of the field study is also presented. (AN)
Descriptors: American Indians, Cultural Influences, Disadvantaged Youth, Discovery Learning, Doctoral Dissertations, Educational Innovation, Elementary School Students, English (Second Language), Field Studies, Guides, Interdisciplinary Approach, Kindergarten, Linguistics, Literature Reviews, Minority Groups, Navajo, Pattern Drills (Language), Physical Education, Primary Education, Program Content, Spanish Americans, Student Characteristics, Teaching Methods
Inter-Library Loan from Library, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87103
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Identifiers: Navajo (Nation); New Mexico