ERIC Number: ED107101
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: N/A
Language and Area Studies Review. Monograph 17.
Lambert, Richard D.
This report presents results of a three-year review and evaluation of American college and university programs in Latin American, Eastern European, Middle Eastern, African, and Asian studies. Information was gathered through site visits; interviews of students, faculty, department chairmen, and administrators; and attendance at area association meetings. In addition, questionnaires were analyzed from program directors, individual specialists, and program graduates. Transcripts of degree recipients were also analyzed. The aim of the survey was to examine in detail the scale, composition, and direction of language and area studies, with particular emphasis on aggregate patterns. The sampling process for collecting information on individuals is described, followed by a study of the characteristics and types of individual specialists. A national cross-sectional analysis of area courses and a similar analysis of language instruction follow. Types of programs are explored, as well as their institutional setting, quality, productivity, and financing. Enrollment figures are analyzed and compared, and the motivation and characteristics of program students are discussed. The report concludes with recommendations and comments on the future development of language and area studies. Appendices contain sample questionnaires and an inventory of language and area study programs. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Area Studies, Asian Studies, College Language Programs, College Programs, Cultural Education, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Language and Area Centers, Language Instruction, Language Research, Majors (Students), Middle Eastern Studies, Program Evaluation, Social Studies, Specialists, Statistical Surveys, Undergraduate Students
American Academy of Political and Social Science, 3937 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social Science Research Council, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Academy of Political and Social Science, Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers - Location: Africa