ERIC Number: ED316040
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Training Minority Language Parents: Are We Providing Them What They Want or Need?
Bransford, Jim; Chavez, Rodolfo L.
This study attempted to identify the skills, knowledge, and attitudes that parents of children in bilingual education programs believe are important for them to play a meaningful role in their children's education. Parent training models, some created specifically for use with language minority parents, have not resulted in increased parent involvement or continuity of involvement. A review of literature revealed almost 100 training topics that field practitioners and other specialists have identified as areas of need. These topics were consolidated into 75 items divided almost evenly among the 3 categories of skills, knowledge, and attitudes. A pilot survey using these items was administered to chairpersons of parent advisory committees serving bilingual education programs in a five-state region. A second, more general study was developed using those results and administered to 300 parents representing 30 basic bilingual education programs. Parents responding to the pilot survey were more specific in their choice of skill areas than the general survey respondents, who thought all items were important and interrelated. Some differences among parent preferences were found to be related to sex, age, and state of residence, but little difference was found in relation to family size, educational attainment, language preference, or occupation.(MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado; Kansas; Nebraska; New Mexico; Utah