ERIC Number: ED183352
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Ganado Public Schools Title VII Project 1976-1977: Saad Naaki Bee Olta (Bilingual Education). Final Evaluation Report.
Rosier, Paul; Farella, Merilyn
During the 1976-77 academic year the Ganado (Arizona) Title VII Bilingual Education Project operated within a Cooperative Teaching Model based on language roles. Each teacher was assigned a role based on language responsibility: English language teachers concentrated on teaching English as a second language, while Navajo language teachers taught cognitive skills in Navajo, including initial literacy, science, social studies, and math. The model operated on a departmentalized-homeroom basis; during the morning children rotated from subject to subject and in the afternoon they remained in their homeroom where the teaching reinforced concepts taught during the morning. The program involved 5 kindergarten classrooms (114 students) and 6 first grade classrooms (137 students). Assessment of in-service staff training and development, parent involvement, materials development, objectives and goals, and student progress led to the following conclusions: good progress in student achievement was evidenced in all areas of the curriculum; the areas of greatest achievement were in Navajo social studies and the development of oral English language production, and standardized English achievement tests were inappropriate to evaluate student achievement in a Navajo language curriculum. Recommendations called for program refunding, expansion to the second grade, delaying introduction of English reading until the second grade, and review of the overall instruction model. (NEC)
Descriptors: Achievement, American Indian Education, American Indian Languages, Bilingual Education, Curriculum Evaluation, English (Second Language), Grade 1, Inservice Education, Kindergarten, Language Programs, Material Development, Mathematics, Navajo, Parent Participation, Primary Education, Program Evaluation, Second Language Learning, Social Studies, Tribes
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ganado Public Schools, AZ.
Identifiers: Arizona (Ganado); Bilingual Education Act 1968; Ganado Public Schools Bilingual Education Project; Navajo (Nation)