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ERIC Number: ED125738
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 166
Abstractor: N/A
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Designing and Implementing an Early Childhood Italian Bilingual-Bicultural Education Program.
Fishman, Sheila
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)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Lawrence Public Schools, Cedarhurst, NY.
Identifiers - Location: New York