ERIC Number: ED129883
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Language Interaction in a Bilingual Classroom: An Observational Study.
Rodriguez-Brown, Flora V.; And Others
Designed by the Ilinois Bilingual Evaluation Center as a pilot project, the purpose of this study was to explore the process or nature of events in a bilingual classroom and to investigate the feasibility of using observational techniques to examine this process in an evaluation context. The subjects for the study were three children of Spanish speaking background enrolled in a grade one half-day bilingual program. Each child was videotaped for a full school day, three times throughout the year. The data reported in this paper are taken from the first set of videotapes. Two preliminary analyses are presented. The first is an ethnographic analysis of the language interaction patterns of the target children and their bilingual teacher. The amount of time each language (Spanish and English) is spoken and a functional analysis of language use is discussed. The second analysis is an ecological comparison of the bilingual and regular classrooms as behavior settings. Social and psychological aspects of language use as they vary across settings are discussed. (Author/BW)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Bilingual Students, Bilingual Teachers, Case Studies, Classroom Environment, Classroom Observation Techniques, Interaction Process Analysis, Peer Relationship, Pilot Projects, Program Evaluation, Spanish Speaking, Speech Habits, Student Teacher Relationship, Videotape Recordings
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Illinois State Office of Education, Springfield. Bilingual Education Section.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Bilingual Evaluation Center, Chicago.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (60th, San Francisco, California, April 19-23, 1976)