ERIC Number: ED054612
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Carrascolendas: Evaluation of a Bilingual Television Series. Final Report.
Natalicio, Diana S.; Willimas, Frederick
"Carrascolendas" was a thirty-program television series designed to aid in the bilingual instruction of Mexican-American children in the first and second grades. A systematic evaluation of the production and the effect of the series is presented here. Evaluation of the process of program development noted that the series was completed and did reflect the intended instructional objectives. Some suggestions for improvement included: Modification of the time schedule to allow for more feedback and revision of the programs, an improved definition of the responsibilities of supervisory staff members, and a closer working relationship between the curriculum and production supervisors. A field experiment involving children from the target audience population and a survey of schools that used the programs showed statistically significant learning gains among television viewers in English tests of multicultural social environment, English language skills, physical environment, and cognitive development. The survey of schools, although indicating a major use of the program, did reveal a possible shortcoming in that a significant number of schools, even in predominantly Mexican-American areas, had no knowledge of the program's availability. (JY)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Center for Communication Research.