ERIC Number: ED228888
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
English as a Second Language. An Evaluation of Calgary Board of Education ESL Services Grades 1-12.
Barrington, Gail V.
The evaluation was conducted from March to December, 1982, from the perspective of a needs assessment concerning students, program, staff, resources, and communication. Data were analyzed quantitatively and qualititatively by content analysis procedures. Findings indicated that student satisfaction was high except on the senior high level, and that all students desired more Canadian friends. Program needs were analyzed by program type. At the elementary level an information gap on the administrative level appeared as well as problems with transportation, both financial and in terms of instructional time. On the secondary level, the reception class model appeared generally effective, with some needs identified in the administrative structure, vocational programming, in-school reception classes, and integration into the regular program. Other programs were studied and recommendations were made about their expansion or termination. Staff needs included clarification of preparation time, staffing ratio, preservice training, and on-going professional development. Resource needs were limited indicating satisfactory program funding. Severe communication needs surfaced both within the organization and between home and school. The study concluded by urging a policy of multiculturalism and of integration of students into the classroom and into the Canadian mainstream. (Author/AMH)
Descriptors: Cultural Context, Educational Assessment, Educational Resources, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Family School Relationship, Foreign Countries, Limited English Speaking, Needs Assessment, Organizational Communication, Personnel Evaluation, Program Evaluation, Second Language Programs, Student Needs
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton. Planning and Research Branch.
Authoring Institution: Calgary Board of Education (Alberta).
Identifiers - Location: Canada (Calgary)