ERIC Number: ED405437
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Ciencias en Espanol, 1995-96 (Sciences in Spanish, 1995-96). Research Report on Educational Grants.
Houston Independent School District, TX. Dept. of Research and Evaluation.
An elementary science program was taught in Spanish for English-speaking children to give them the opportunity to acquire second language skills through hands-on science instruction. The program included 4 classes of approximately 22 students at kindergarten and first-grade levels in the gifted and talented program at the Gary Herod Elementary School (Texas). Staff development and parent involvement were major components of the program, which has been planned to expand as students advance each year until all grades participate. A comparison with baseline data on student performance in Spanish and science indicated that students progressed beyond expectations in both science and Spanish language skills. On the Spanish assessment in May, kindergarten students appeared to be functioning approximately at age level. Survey information from students, parents, and teachers indicated that the majority were in favor of the program and the initial implementation outcomes. Six appendixes present the project newsletter and forms used in program evaluation, including surveys. (Contains one figure and five tables.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Bilingual Education, Elementary School Students, Grade 1, Hispanic Americans, Kindergarten, Parent Participation, Primary Education, Program Evaluation, Science Education, Science Instruction, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Spanish, Staff Development, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Houston Independent School District, TX. Dept. of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title VII