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ERIC Number: ED154945
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
ESAA Bilingual/Bicultural Project [Executive Summary]. 1973-74 Evaluation Report.
Ligon, Glynn; And Others
Austin's Bilingual/Bicultural Project was designed to establish a comprehensive program of bilingual education in Spanish and English in schools with the highest concentration of Spanish dominant Mexican American students. The four participating elementary schools had already completed three years of a modest, locally sponsored bilingual project begun in 1970; in 1973 the Bilingual/Bicultural Project expanded activity at the elementary level and began an entirely new secondary program at two junior and two senior high schools. Some of the outcomes and observations at the year's end included: increased English communication skills at all levels; increased Spanish communication skills at elementary and secondary levels; uneven input of materials, staff training, and parent participation, with delivery of instructional materials and equipment delayed; except for a few classrooms, little successful incorporation of the background and culture of students into regular classroom activities. Evaluation staff summarized the data as related to "system level" or "program level" questions that should be addressed by district officials. System level recommendations were to continue the program at its present level and to include cultural studies in the curriculum for all grade levels. Program level recommendations were to continue team teaching between bilingual and monolingual teachers, and to include specific teacher training in classroom management and the use of methods and materials. (EJ/BR)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Communication Skills, Elementary Secondary Education, English, Field Trips, Inservice Education, Language of Instruction, Mexican Americans, Multicultural Education, Parent Participation, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Reading Achievement, Self Concept, Spanish, Spanish Speaking, Team Teaching
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers - Location: Texas (Austin)