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ERIC Number: ED047855
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Feb-7
Pages: 25
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Bilingual Education in San Juan County, Utah: A Cross Cultural Emphasis.
Cottrell, Milford C.
An experimental bilingual program with a bicultural emphasis was initiated in 3 Utah schools: (1) to prevent retardation in academic areas by providing instruction in all subject matter areas in the native language of the child, (2) to build a positive self-image by providing lessons on the heritage of the Navajo people and by developing a bicultural approach in which teachers furnish models of successful cultural synthesis, (3) to develop closer communication and mutual understanding between parents and teachers, and (4) to develop a curriculum reflecting the needs of a people with a rich cultural heritage who are forced to make accommodations to the economics of another culture. Staff training was conducted under contract with Birgham Young University using pre-school and bi-monthly workshops. Students participating in the program ranged in age from 5 to 7 years and were in kindergarten or first grade. Curriculum content was that required by the district and state, with the exceptions of instruction in history and culture of Indians (with an emphasis on the Navajo) and the instruction of English as a second language. Program evaluation yielded the conclusions that: (1) the bilingual program was accepted with enthusiasm by parents, (2) children in bilingual classrooms were maintaining self-images as positive as Navajo children who had been more highly integrated into the Anglo culture, and (3) academic achievement of Navajo children in bilingual classrooms was equal to or greater than that of Navajo children living in or near Anglo communities. (JH)
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Note: Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association annual convention, 4-7 February 1971, New York, New York