ERIC Number: ED383220
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Increasing General Science Achievement for Spanish Immersion Students through an Integrated Educational Approach.
Zuluaga, Fabio Eliecer Gomez
The main goal of this practicum was to increase general science achievement and improve acquisition of Spanish as a second language in a group of 21 sixth-grade Spanish immersion students. The students were having some difficulty with Spanish learning due to lack of Spanish science vocabulary, lack of appropriate science materials accommodating the differing levels of Spanish proficiency, and complexity of grammatical structures used in some Spanish science textbooks. Based on these needs, the researcher developed a concept-based science workbook in Spanish to address the academic, cultural, and linguistic variation in the students. The workbook contains six units, each divided into three sections corresponding to stages in the learning cycle theory: vocabulary; main ideas; and concept application. The report describes the practicum's context, problem, anticipated outcomes and evaluation instruments, solution strategy, and results and recommendations. The results indicate that the students increased their science vocabulary to a level at which they could understand important general science concepts, facilitated by meaningful and well-coordinated science experiences and projects. Appended materials include data on student achievement, data on science concept instruction difficulties, and a natural science test in Spanish. The workbook itself is not included. Contains 34 references. (MSE)
Descriptors: Achievement Gains, Grade 6, Grammar, Immersion Programs, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Improvement, Instructional Materials, Intermediate Grades, Language Role, Language Tests, Language Usage, Media Selection, Science Instruction, Second Language Programs, Second Languages, Spanish, Teacher Developed Materials, Vocabulary Development
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, NOVA Southeastern University. Appendix E contains some small type.