ERIC Number: ED246658
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: 0
Bilingual Learning Centers in High Schools, 1982-1983. Report No. 8429.
Offenberg, Robert M.; And Others
The second year of a Title VII project entitled "Bilingual Learning Centers in High Schools" is described. The program created learning centers in two Philadelphia public and one diocesan school designed to provide individualized instruction to limited-English speaking, primarily Spanish-speaking students in bilingual education programs or to students with low scores on norm-referenced tests. The goal of the evaluation was to assess the effect of learning center participation on student performance on published reading tests in English and Spanish, on a locally developed test of English aural comprehension, and on attendance and dropout incidence. The major conclusions were that: (1) positive effects were found on English reading and language scores, Spanish reading scores, and (where evaluated in the public schools), on attendance and dropout rates; (2) effects attributable to learning center use were not found in mathematics or English aural comprehension performance; and (3) Spanish reading was improved for students who studied English but not Spanish in learning centers, apparently a transfer phenomenon. (MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Attendance Patterns, Bilingual Education, Catholic Schools, English (Second Language), Federal Programs, High Schools, Individualized Instruction, Language Skills, Limited English Speaking, Listening Comprehension, Mathematics, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Reading Comprehension, Resource Centers, Spanish, Transfer of Training, Vocabulary Development
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Philadelphia School District, PA. Office of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers: Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)