ERIC Number: ED238293
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Foreign Languages and International Studies Assessment in Colorado Schools K-12 Programs and Higher Education. Final Report.
Ranwez, Alain D.; Rodgers, Judy
A survey assessing the status of foreign language and international studies instruction in Colorado in elementary, secondary, and higher education, and the needs of the international business community for individuals trained in these areas, is presented. Teachers and administrators at each of the three levels were surveyed. Response rates were high for the elementary and secondary levels 81 and 75% respectively), but low for higher education (27%). A separate survey instrument was used for each academic level, but all inquired about language programs currently available and recently discontinued; language program preferences; foreign language and cultural training and skills possessed and used professionally; support from faculty, administrators, and parents; program content and emphases; and attitudes toward international awareness. In addition, the higher education survey asked about enrollment and enrollment trends, graduate study, program rationale, admission and graduation requirements, foreign students, study abroad, and related interdisciplinary programs. The questionnaire used for businesses focused on the individual business' need for foreign language and/or cross-culturally skilled employees and the availability of such employees. Results are tabulated and discussed, and specific recommendations are presented for instructional and program improvement at each instructional level. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado Commission on Higher Education, Denver.
Note: Report of a task force.