ERIC Number: ED082949
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Teaching Physics in Spanish to Latin American Students.
Cooper, Clarence H.
A study on effects of learning physics in English and in Spanish on achievement differences was conducted with two groups of Latin American freshmen students enrolled at the University of Texas, respectively, in 1969 and 1970. The learning materials were categorized into units, and each group was divided into two subgroups. While one of the 1969 subgroups learned a unit in Spanish, the other subgroup learned the same unit in English. For the 1970 group, one subgroup learned all units in Spanish and the other, in Spanish and English, alternately. Comparisons were made among the achievement test scores of the four subgroups. For the 1970 group, the scores on an aptitude test in Spanish and an English ability test were also used for covariance analysis and served as predictors. Results obtained showed that the group taught partially in English did not demonstrate a significant improvement in general ability with English over the group taught entirely in Spanish. A great deal of exposure to English was possible for the Latin American student without significant risk to physics achievement grades. Total and verbal scores on entrance tests were good predictors of success in physics. (CC)
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Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., El Paso.