ERIC Number: ED202243
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Exploring Student Attitudes in Australia Towards Ethnic Language Maintenance and Bilingual Education. Research Report.
Foster, L.; And Others
Students in grades seven, nine, and eleven from 38 post-primary state and private schools in Melbourne, Australia were given a language attitude survey. A structured interview schedule was administered to school staff representatives. Data analysis was guided by a review of language policy as expressed in official reports and an original ethnolinguistic vitality model for schools. Major findings are cited. A highly complex language situation and low institutional support for migrant-oriented programs and services exist in these schools. Bilinguals hold more favorable attitudes toward ethnic language maintenance and bilingual education than do monolinguals. The perceived attitudes of parents, friends, and teachers differed between monolinguals and dilinguals, with the former reporting consistently negative attitudes and the latter generally positive. Reasons indicated by monolinguals for bilingual education were the ability of monolinguals to learn a new language and of migrants to learn more subject matter. Bilinguals indicated bilingual learning would enable migrants to continue learning their own language. The findings, presented in text and tables, yield implications and recommendations of use to educators. Appendices provide samples of the student opinion survey and the student language attitude study, and a synopsis of the pilot study. (Author/JK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian Committee on Education, Research and Development, Victoria.
Authoring Institution: LaTrobe Univ., Bundoora (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia