ERIC Number: ED205032
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Sociolinguistic Survey of a Bilingual Community: Implications for Bilingual Education. Bilingual Education Paper Series, Vol. 4, No. 9, April 1981.
Aguirre, Adalberto, Jr.
Sociolinguistic information is needed for proper implementation of bilingual education programs. The survey discussed here was designed to provide information on the sociolinguistic parameters in the bilingual community, identification of the transfer or maintenance status of Spanish, and the selection of a bilingual education program. A questionnaire related to general language use and language preference patterns was administered to educators and parents in a small, rural Colorado community, which had had a bilingual education program for four years. They were also asked to examine models of bilingual programs to determine the type of program they would prefer to their own. The results demonstrated that educators and parents differ in their sociolinguistic characteristics and in their selection of a bilingual education program model. These results challenge the assumptions that teaching/administrative staff in bilingual programs themselves reflect bilingual goals and orientations in their behavior, and that ethnicity rather than socio-economic or educational factors is a primary influence in language maintenance. The unintentional exclusion of children from the survey is seen as a flaw and reflective of the tendency to exclude those most affected by a policy from the policy-making process. (AMH)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Bilingualism, Community Surveys, Decision Making, Elementary Education, Ethnicity, Language Maintenance, Language Planning, Mexican Americans, Policy Formation, Socioeconomic Influences, Sociolinguistics
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California State Univ., Los Angeles. National Dissemination and Assessment Center.
Identifiers: Bilingual Education Act 1968; Bilingual Programs; Language Shift
Note: Paper presented at University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee Symposium on United States-Mexico Border Studies (Milwaukee, WI, June, 1980).