ERIC Number: ED254089
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Adult School for Cuban Refugees, Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. Final Evaluation Report and Executive Summary.
Shaner, J. Michael
An educational program developed for adults as part of a larger resettlement operation for Cuban refugees seeking asylum in the United States and based at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania is described and evaluated. Evaluative measures indicated that the program was more successful than anticipated, with substantial upward movement through tested levels of competence in English as a second language in a five-week period. Attitude surveys showed that the majority of teachers and administrators viewed the school as a success. Among the recommendations made for similar efforts to be undertaken in the future are these: (1) additional Department of Education Department of State coordination; (2) sufficient Department of Education resources for quick response to emergency refugee needs; (3) immediate availability of formal education programs for refugee children and adults; (4) choice of a local administrative agency with substantial expertise; (5) ongoing contact among agencies responsible for program administration; (6) leadership, energy, and flexibility in the administrative staff; (7) sensitive but highly motivated and responsible teaching staff; (8) early and systematic assessment of and provision for staff inservice needs; (9) greater emphasis on vocational preparation and other acculturation efforts as an adjunct of earlier formal language instruction; and (10) open lines of communication among all parties concerned, including the media and refugees. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit 16, Lewisburg, PA.
Identifiers: Pennsylvania (Fort Indiantown Gap)