ERIC Number: ED185167
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
What Do We Know About Teaching and Learning in Urban Schools? Volume 12: Basic Skills in Urban Schools: A View from the Bilingual Classroom.
Valadez, Concepcion M.
Reasons for slow gains in the goals and objectives of bilingual education, despite Federal and State support, are explored in this paper. The definitions of and legal mandate behind bilingual programs and the relationships between these programs and the rest of the educational system and local community are discussed. Focused on here are school and community perceptions of bilingual program goals, social dynamics between the program and the school in which it is situated, and teacher/staff attitudes. In order to illustrate the effectiveness of bilingual education, several studies concerning English acquisition, reading, writing and mathematics, and the development of self concept and ethnic identity within bilingual programs are briefly reviewed. Finally, the lack of properly prepared teaching staff and of appropriate teaching materials and evaluation techniques are identified and discussed as limitations to the uniform effectiveness of bilingual education. (GC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: CEMREL, Inc., St. Louis, MO.
Note: Paper prepared for the Urban Education Program, CEMREL, Inc.'s National Conference on Urban Education (St. Louis, MO, July 10-14, 1978). For related documents see UD 020 351-361 and UD 020 363.