ERIC Number: ED165934
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Jan-10
An Investigation of Bilingual Teacher Training and its Effect on Bilingual Bicultural Instruction.
Lira, Juan R.
To investigate bilingual teacher training and its effect on bilingual bicultural instruction, a review of the literature was undertaken and teacher training for a bilingual bicultural program in a Texas school district was analyzed through an interview with the program supervisor. The review focused on the academic achievement of language minority groups, success factors in bilingual education programs, bilingual teacher certification and competencies, correlations between teacher attitudes and bilingual education, bilingual education program rationales, inclusion of culture in instruction programs, and the University of Texas at Austin teacher preparation program, New York City Bilingual Teacher Intern Program, and six French bilingual projects in New England and Louisiana. Findings on the Texas school district bilingual program (intended to develop capability in English and Spanish) revealed: a real attempt to give teachers necessary training; inconsistency between philosophy and practice, e.g., student evaluation through standardized tests in English; that the supervisor had too many responsibilities but lacked input into essential program components; personal attitudes (influenced by salary and class size) affected the performance of those involved. Recommendations relate to the understanding of bilingual education goals, community involvement, curriculum, program assessment, and program financial support. (RS)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Attitudes, Bilingual Education, Bilingual Teachers, Educational Attitudes, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Language of Instruction, Literature Reviews, Mexican Americans, Multicultural Education, Objectives, Program Evaluation, Spanish Speaking, Success, Teacher Education, Teacher Influence, Teacher Qualifications
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas