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ERIC Number: ED096033
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Cognitive and Affective Development of Elementary School Children in a Bilingual-Bicultural Learning Environment. A Study of the Grants Bilingual-Bicultural Education Program, Grants, New Mexico.
Valencia, Atilano A.
Providing relevant data, analyses, and observations, with particular reference to the cognitive and affective development of bilingual children, the 1973-74 Grants Bilingual-Bicultural Program evaluation determined the personnel's attitudes and perceptions about program components and operations and the children's responses to bilingual-bicultural instruction. Native American, Anglo, and Spanish surnamed children from 9 classroom groups (6 program and 3 non-program) in grades 1, 3, and 5 comprised the sample. Tests administered in Spanish and English, a 30 item questionnaire, and classroom observations were used. Due to the lack of tests in Native American dialects, reference to observations of Native American cultural features in the program was made rather than to cognitive achievement based on the tests. Tests included the Inter-American Series' Tests of Reading, the General Ability Test (Spanish version), and the Science Research Associates, Inc. (SRA) Achievement Series, Form E/Blue Level and the Primary Edition, Form E, Primary I and II. Some findings were: students gained significantly in oral vocabulary, numbers, general concepts, and cognitive processes based on verbal and pictorial stimuli in Spanish; 3rd grade students measured at or beyond grade level on the SRA Test; and the personnel felt the program was well coordinated, sufficiently supplied with materials and equipment, and effective in developing the children's bilingual ability and cognitive skills. (NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Grants Municipal Schools, NM.
Identifiers - Location: New Mexico