ERIC Number: ED201453
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Social Attitudes of South Texas Primary Students.
A five-year program, part of the Experimental Schools Program in the Edgewood Independent School District, in San Antonio, Texas, was designed to improve the school performance of its predominantly bilingual Mexican American primary grade students by improving the attitudes of beginning students. Program changes to reverse students' anticipated low self-concept and negative attitudes included increasing the proportion of Mexican American teachers, taking students' learning characteristics into account, utilizing Spanish in instruction and classroom management, and utilizing Mexican American cultural curricula. The Purdue Social Attitude Scales for Primary Children, Experimental Edition II, in English and Spanish, was used for a one-year study of the program in the experimental schools and in comparison schools. The anticipated negative attitudes were not reflected in the students' test scores, and those of the experimental and comparison students were revealed as being usually alike, with both groups showing about equal gains across the test-year period. No discernable effect of the experimental program was found, and the likelihood of a language bias existing was not upheld by the research. (Author/JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: D.C. Development Associates, San Antonio, TX.
Identifiers: Edgewood Independent School District TX; Experimental Schools Program; Texas (San Antonio)