ERIC Number: ED298765
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
The Edison Elementary School Bilingual Immersion Program: Student Progress after One Year of Implementation. CLEAR Technical Report Series TR9.
Lindholm, Kathryn J.
A study of progress in the Edison Elementary School (California) bilingual immersion program after its first year of implementation looked at: (1) student levels and gains in first and second language proficiency; (2) levels of math and reading achievement and their possible relationship to student language background; (3) levels of students' perceived academic, peer, physical, and mother-child relationship competencies; and (4) attitudes toward the program among parents and staff. A total of 58 kindergarten and 54 first-grade students participated. Pre- and post-test comparisons of achievement showed that all students made gains in both Spanish and English, with more Spanish-dominant than English-dominant students fluent in both languages. Overall, both Spanish- and English-dominant students scored above average in content area achievement. Students' perceived interpersonal competence was high in each domain examined, and attitudes toward the program were generally positive. Recommendations include promotion of leadership among teachers, development of a Spanish language arts component, development of an English language arts curriculum, provision of more opportunities for native English- and Spanish-speakers to interact in group work; and inclusion of non-bilingual immersion students in the evaluation. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education Programs, English, Grade 1, Immersion Programs, Instructional Effectiveness, Kindergarten, Language Proficiency, Mathematics Achievement, Parent Attitudes, Peer Relationship, Pretests Posttests, Primary Education, Program Evaluation, Reading Achievement, Spanish, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Student Relationship
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for Language Education and Research.