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ERIC Number: ED125738
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
Designing and Implementing an Early Childhood Italian Bilingual-Bicultural Education Program.
This paper describes the development and implementation of an Italian bilingual-bicultural program in the Early Childhood Center (Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and First Grade) of the Lawrence Public Schools, Lawrence, L.I., New York. The curriculum was designed to help children with limited or non-English dominance succeed in school at a rate commensurate with that of English-dominant children, to reduce the number of Italian-dominant children enrolled in remedial classes, to improve children's self-esteem, and to interest Italian-speaking parents in school and community involvement. A summary of the history, policies, and legal status of bilingual education traces the development of bilingual programs in the U.S. Recent literature regarding cultural pluralism and bilingual education is reviewed. A description of the development of the Italian bilingual-bicultural program includes detailed summaries of staff selection, parent involvement, community outreach, inservice training, and curriculum development. The program supplemented regular classroom activity, comprising 1/4 to 1/2 of a child's day at the Early Childhood Center. Activities were designed to foster cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development and included cooking, trips, woodworking, a listening center, blockbuilding, creative arts activities, physical education, reading readiness, and storytelling and snack time. Program evaluation included analysis of a battery of tests given to the children, attitude surveys of the community, staff and outside agency reactions to the program, and the follow-up of program children in 1st and 2nd grade is described. Appendices include outlines of program curriculum units and a bibliography. (SB)
Descriptors: Biculturalism, Bilingual Education, Bilingual Schools, Bilingual Students, Community Involvement, Curriculum Development, Early Childhood Education, English (Second Language), Evaluation Methods, Italian Americans, Objectives, Parent Education, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Staff Role, Teacher Selection, Vocabulary Development
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Lawrence Public Schools, Cedarhurst, NY.
Identifiers - Location: New York