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ERIC Number: ED357630
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Pages: 54
Abstractor: N/A
Texas Schools, Inc.: A Case Study of the Transfer of Technology at a Pilot Bilingual Program.
Pearson, Vangie L.
Texas Schools, Inc. (TSI) developed a pilot program in bilingual education for Mexican-American vocational workers in the Department of Diesel Mechanics at Texas Tech University. This study assesses the transfer of technology in that environment using quantitative and qualitative measures. TSI, a technical and vocational school in Lubbock, Texas, operated from 1972 to 1992. The pilot bilingual effort consisted of a 6-month technical training and language development program. During the first 3 months technical classes were conducted in Spanish; during the last 3 months, in English. Spanish and English language classes were taught throughout the program. A total of 16 students were studied using the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) scale and case study interviews. The student questionnaire consisted of five questions dealing with the differences between the students' educational experiences in Mexico and in America; the instructor questionnaire addressed student differences and changes that could improve the educational climate at TSI. Results suggest: (1) students preferred a group approach to learning and a preference for laboratory practice, and looked to the instructor as a caretaker as well as instructor; (2) the teacher's agenda favored classroom instruction over laboratory instruction; (3) the norms, roles, agendas, and motives of the students and instructor came into conflict in their attempt to transfer technology successfully; (4) technology transfer did take place; and (5) CIDA scales are useful instruments for studying the transfer of technology whether the change agents are from the host or visiting culture. Contains 31 references. (LB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas