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ERIC Number: ED255032
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Generating Public Awareness of Bilingual Education in the United States. Part I: Programmatic Variables.
Bermudez, Andrea
A study of public awareness of issues in bilingual education was conducted using a random sample of 336 college educated and college-bound adults from 23 states and the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Alaska, continental United States, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Alaska, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Subjects were mailed a 32-item questionnaire with established content validity and reliability. The instrument measures the individual's degree of awareness of sociolinguistic, methodological, psychological, and political issues affecting the implementation of bilingual education in this country. A five-point Likert scale was used to measure each response. Analysis of the data revealed that: (1) ethnic groups tend to respond only to their own basic needs and alienate themselves from issues involved in educational programs for all children, (2) professional groups involved in training and implementation functions of bilingual programs are neither articulate nor knowledgeable about bilingual education principles and practice, (3) educated individuals in the United States are generally monolingual, and (4) parents' awareness of bilingual methodology must be improved in order to involve them in the educational process. It is concluded that in order to avoid developing a value system in the schools that excludes minority participation, advocates, teachers, parents, and administrators must become more knowledgeable about teaching methodology in the various programs offered in the public school systems. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A