ERIC Number: ED311712
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Bilingualism in the Computer Age. 1987-88. OREA Evaluation Report.
Berney, Tomi D.; Alvarez, Rosalyn
Bilingualism in the Computer Age, a federally-funded bilingual education program at Morris High School in the Bronx (New York), served 197 native low-income Spanish-speaking students in its second year of funding. Program objectives were to improve students' English language proficiency and mainstream them as quickly as possible, develop their native language skills, enhancing their self-image, and provide career-oriented training in computer use. Extensive support services were also provided. The program achieved its objectives in English as a Second Language, native language arts, computer instruction, career orientation, attendance, and one staff development objective; the second staff development objective could not be assessed as proposed. The program did not meet its objectives in content-area subjects or New Environmental Workshops, and it could not be determined whether objectives in cultural awareness and dropout rates were met. Program participation and staffing dropped during this funding year. Major program strengths included incorporation of computer learning in the content areas and the commitment of staff. Major weaknesses were lack of teacher training in computers, lack of needed social work personnel, and late receipt of program funds. Recommendations for improvement include staff training in computer use, additional social support personnel, increased content area offerings, and rewriting of the cultural awareness objective. (MSE)
Descriptors: Attendance, Bilingual Education Programs, Computer Literacy, Cultural Awareness, English (Second Language), Federal Aid, Federal Programs, High Schools, Language Proficiency, Limited English Speaking, Low Income, Mainstreaming, Mathematics Instruction, Native Language Instruction, Parent Participation, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Science Instruction, Self Esteem, Social Studies, Spanish Speaking, Staff Development, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment.