ERIC Number: ED196273
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov-30
Reference Count: 0
A Study of Additional Costs of Second Language Instruction.
A study was conducted whose primary aim was to identify and explain additional costs incurred by Alberta, Canada school jurisdictions providing second language instruction in 1980. Additional costs were defined as those which would not have been incurred had the second language program not been in existence. Three types of additional costs were identified: instructional, ancillary, and developmental. Costs were analyzed according to the following dimensions: second language (French, Ukrainian, German), program type (extended, bilingual, immersion), program stage (development, implementation, maintenance), instructional level (elementary, junior high, senior high), school size (small, medium, large) and school setting (urban, rural). Information was collected by means of a questionnaire and interviews with school board officials. Data were compiled and analyzed according to the dimensions detailed above. Although questionnaires were mailed to the 23 school jurisdictions offering second language instruction in Alberta, the findings are based on the detailed analysis of five boards which were selected as providing a good cross section of all study dimensions. The study revealed considerable diversity among programs both within and among boards with respect to staffing patterns (pupil-teacher ratio), ancillary services provided, and developmental effort expended. The findings raised a number of issues meriting further investigation. (Author/PJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton. Planning and Research Branch.
Authoring Institution: Deloitte Haskins & Sells Associates, Edmonton (Alberta).