ERIC Number: ED060981
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
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A Cumulative Summary of the Three Years of the Sustained Primary Program for Bilingual Students, 1967-1970.
Muller, Douglas G.; Leonetti, Robert
In this report of the final evaluation of the Las Cruces (New Mexico) Sustained Primary Program for Bilingual Students (funded under Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act), the major findings for the academic years of 1967-8, 68-9, and 69-70 are cited following a program description in terms of schools, students, teachers, class size, classrooms and treatments, and objectives for each year. As reported, K-3 bilingual children in 4 public elementary schools that tended to be homogeneous with regard to the children's cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds were placed in 1 of 3 instructional settings: (1) an experimental English program where only English was used as an instructional language, (2) an experimental Spanish/English program where both languages were used, and (3) a control program. The report discusses the program's effectiveness in terms of such factors as Spanish vs. English instruction, children's intellectual development and self-concept, parental involvement, and the children's bicultural interaction. Although "results of the K-3 experiment still are...inconclusive," it is indicated that the program is providing"...a very valuable set of learning experiences in both the cognitive and affective domains." Also included in the report is a post-program evaluation, completed in the fall of 1970, to examine the effectiveness of the summer session experience as measured by the Metropolitan Achievement Test; 10 tables summarize the significant differences and the analyses proper, which indicate that the summer sessions appear to have a beneficial effect on achievement. (NQ)
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Sponsor: Division of Plans and Supplementary Centers, BESE.
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