ERIC Number: ED058973
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of Migrant Education in Texas: A Summary.
Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.
The Southwest Educational Development Laboratory conducted a study of migrant education in Texas under a contract with the Texas Education Agency from March 7, 1968 to August 31, 1968. Of the reported 65,000 migrant students who attended Texas schools, approximately half attended 45 specially funded project schools. These 45 project schools and 45 non-project schools were visited by staff from the Southwest Laboratory and professional consultant-observers who spent more than 2,000 hours of direct on-site visitation time and conducted interviews with some 1,300 respondents--including administrators, teachers, migrant parents, migrant students, and various support personnel. Although the study indicated that the project schools were more adequately meeting the educational and social needs of the migrant child than were non-project schools, the following needs and problems common to any migrant population were identified: mobility, retardation in age-grade placement and achievement, language barriers, poverty, dysfunctional information transfer system, community non-involvement, dysfunctional personality characteristics, high dropout rate, and dysfunctional school responses to migrants. Some of the important implications of the study included the need for parent and community involvement in school affairs, capable staffing, curriculum adjusted to the special needs of the migrant child, programs to help the secondary school attract and retain the migrant student, primary-grade language development, and community services such as health, medical, dental, and nutritional care. (JH)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Education Agency, Austin.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.