ERIC Number: ED284974
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
The Condition of Vocational Education for Limited English-Proficient Persons in Selected Areas of the United States.
Friedenberg, Joan E.
This report examines the practices of vocational education programs that serve limited English-proficient (LEP) students without the benefit of federal bilingual vocational training funds. Visits were made to seven areas of the United States with large numbers of LEP persons: South Florida, Southern California, Connecticut, Metropolitan New York, Southeastern Michigan, Coastal Texas, and North Central New Mexico. Approximately two secondary, two adult or postsecondary, and one industry-based program were visited in each site; administrators, vocational teachers, English-as-a-second-language (ESL) teachers, counselors, job developers, and students were interviewed. The results of the research are presented in seven case studies as well as in cross-site summaries. Some of the findings are as follows: (1) improved assessment and record keeping techniques as well as consistent policies are needed to determine the degree of participation of LEP students in vocational education programs; (2) better information about vocational education needs to be disseminated to LEP students; (3) entrance testing and interviewing geared to LEP students are needed to ensure greater equity and access; (4) assessment instruments for LEP students should be more widely used; (5) there is a need for improved planning for LEP vocational students in some state departments of education, districts, and schools; (6) ESL teachers should receive more training and aides should be used; and (7) the most viable way to ensure that LEP vocational students are served effectively is to establish a nonexclusionary policy, develop a plan for implementing that policy, and provide a full-time person to execute that plan. Recommendations for improving the condition of vocational education for LEP students are made for various levels of government, educational agencies, and schools. The interview protocals used in the study are appended. (KC)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Bilingual Education Programs, English (Second Language), Limited English Speaking, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Program Improvement, Second Language Instruction, Secondary Education, Student Characteristics, Student Recruitment, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.
Identifiers - Location: California; Connecticut; Florida; Michigan; New Mexico; New York; Texas