ERIC Number: ED317076
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Professions Oriented Bilingual Education (Project PROBE), 1987-88. OREA Report.
Berney, Tomi D.; Velasquez, Clara
In the first year of a 2-year extension grant, Project PROBE served 341 limited-English-proficient speakers of Spanish and Chinese at 2 New York high schools. The project's aim was to increase career awareness through instruction in English as a Second Language (ESL), native language instruction (NLA), and bilingual content-area courses, enrichment activities, and guidance and counseling. Some courses were taught with computers. Program evaluation based on course grades, language test scores, attendance rates, information from project staff, and classroom observation reveal that the program met its objectives in ESL and student attendance but did not meet its content-area objective. Whether objectives in NLA, student attitudes, cultural heritage, staff development, and parental involvement were met could not be determined. Program strengths include computer use for instruction, existence of career-oriented activities for students, and efforts to improve parent involvement. Recommendations for program improvement include increased efforts to recruit parents for ESL/Americanization classes; a more realistic and consistent content area passing rate; and development or adaptation of instruments to measure student attitudes toward their cultural heritage. (MSE)
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations, Attendance, Bilingual Education Programs, Business Education, Career Awareness, Chinese, Computer Assisted Instruction, Counseling Services, English (Second Language), Enrichment Activities, Ethnicity, Federal Programs, Guidance Programs, Limited English Speaking, Mathematics Instruction, Native Language Instruction, Parent Participation, Professional Occupations, Program Evaluation, Science Instruction, Second Language Programs, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Spanish, Staff Development, Uncommonly Taught Languages
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment.