ERIC Number: ED191643
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Apr-7
Institutionalizing Bilingual Education in Schools, Colleges and Departments of Education: Programmatic Concerns at Institutions of Higher Education.
Hernandez, Norma G.
Inclusion of bilingual education in higher education, both as an area of study and as a medium of instruction, will facilitate an increased level of academic achievement for Hispanic students. Hispanics as a group do not exhibit like characteristics in language proficiency in either English or Spanish, or like characteristics in cultural or socio-economic orientations. A non-traditional approach is necessary to address the problem of underachievement of minority groups. University concerns with maintenance of academic quality must also be based on freedom from prejudice on ethnic, racial, or cultural differences. Care should be exercised relative to undergraduate admissions; however, reliance on standardized test scores casts doubt on the fairness of universities using this criterion while charged with providing equal education opportunities to all students. Programs must be modified and developed to meet student needs. Traditional courses should be taught two ways: completely in Spanish and bilingually in English and Spanish. If postsecondary institutions are to reach Chicanos at the lower economic level, bilingual models must be used, and the institution of continuing education must be brought to the barrios. There Hispanics should be utilized as instructors. Only non-traditional, creative methods based on sound educational, socio-psychological, and philosophical principles can produce quality education for all. (CM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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