ERIC Number: ED210254
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Sep-29
Reference Count: 0
Effects of Locally Conducted Research on Policy and Practice Regarding Bilingual Inservice Teacher Education. Final Technical Report.
Holtzman, Wayne, Jr.
Collaborative planning between the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) and a school district in central Texas provided concrete data to implement changes in inservice training programs for bilingual teachers. Five instruments were developed to obtain the attitudes of 108 teachers of kindergarten through fifth grade who taught Mexican American children who had limited English proficiency. The teachers were regular classroom teachers, bilingual teachers, or special education teachers. Among the findings from the study were that the areas of greatest need for inservice were in the teaching of reading and attending to behavior problems. Courses in the philosophy and theory of bilingual education were not desired. Teachers of English as a second language felt that the existing inservice program could be improved by developing more and better materials. All of the teachers wanted more authority in choosing their inservice training activities. The teachers also agreed that they did not receive enough feedback and assistance in implementing new knowledge and skills. The director of bilingual education for the school district announced changes in both the bilingual inservice components and the English as a second language program as a result of the study. Sections of this report on the project present information on: (1) introduction to the study; (2) background of the school district; (3) collaborative relationship between the SEDL and the school district; (4) research strategy; (5) data analysis; (6) discussion of findings; and (7) changes made in the inservice programs. Appended are the survey instruments and the findings in chart form. (FG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.