ERIC Number: ED235295
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Attitudes towards Bilingual Education among Hispanics and a Nationwide Sample.
Bilingual education is an issue which has been of deep concern to immigrant, particularly Hispanic, communities, but has had little visibility to the general public. No systematic surveys have been conducted either among Hispanics or the general public to find out how people feel about this issue. This report presents the results of two telephone surveys conducted on bilingual education, one of Hispanics living in New York City and Los Angeles, the other of a nationwide sample. Reported on are (1) the attitudes of Hispanics toward bilingual education; (2) a causal analysis of the attitudes of Hispanics toward bilingual education (in terms of experience with the public schools, importance placed on learning English, English-Spanish orientation, assimilationism, and demographic characteristics); (3) reasons for support of bilingual education; (4) bilingual education and evaluation of public schools; (5) the attitudes of Americans toward bilingual education; and (6) a causal analysis of the attitudes of Americans toward bilingual education (in terms of assimilationism, attitudes toward Hispanics, and general political attitudes). Data gathered during the survey are presented in 17 tables, and appendices contain a detailed discussion of methods and procedures, the questionnaires used for both surveys, and a Spanish translation of the Hispanic questionnaire. (CMG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Center for the Social Sciences.
Identifiers - Location: California (Los Angeles); New York (New York)