ERIC Number: ED320444
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Parent Preference Study. Final Report.
Baratz-Snowden, Joan; And Others
A national survey of parents of school aged Asian, Puerto Rican, Mexican American, and Cuban students was conducted to examine what educational preferences language minority parents have regarding the role of English and non-English (home) language in the instructional process. A second purpose of the survey was to determine what factors are associated with parents' choices. The survey contained four general areas of inquiry, including: (1) items relating to parents' perceptions of, and attitudes toward, school programs and practices; (2) items relating to parents' general aspirations for their children and those related specifically to education and language learning; (3) items related to language use and to parent involvement in their children's schooling; and (4) parent demographic characteristics. Survey findings established that parents support bilingual education in its most generic sense--giving extra help to students in order to facilitate their learning English--but generally do not go much beyond that in differentiating among types of bilingual programs. Although there were large and pervasive differences among the ethnic groups in terms of the level of their support for certain instructional strategies, parents did support special language programs for language minority children. Contains 35 references. (GLR)
Descriptors: Asian Americans, Bilingual Education, Demography, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Hispanic Americans, Language Role, Limited English Speaking, Minority Groups, Outcomes of Education, Parent Attitudes, Parent Background, Parent Participation, Surveys
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Office of Planning, Budget, and Evaluation.
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.