ERIC Number: ED405449
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Title VII Enhancement Project for Compartiendo Culturas/Sharing Cultures 1995-96. Research Report on Educational Programs.
Houston Independent School District, TX. Dept. of Research and Evaluation.
Compartiendo Culturas/Sharing Cultures, a Title VII Two-Way Developmental Bilingual Education Program at the Gary L. Herod Elementary School in the Houston Independent School District (Texas) was designed to end the isolation typically experienced by language minority students in traditional bilingual education and to provide language majority students the opportunity to acquire proficiency in a second language. An Enhancement Program was developed to extend the program to prekindergarten students. The enhancement served a class of 22 students identified as limited English proficient by providing a family-centered community-based integrated program. Goals were to improve the language development, preliteracy development, and affective development of the students, to empower the parents to see themselves as the primary educators of their children, and to provide a comprehensive staff development component that focused on early childhood bilingual education. Evaluation of the program focused on the language and affective development of the students and evaluation of the staff development and parent participation components. Results from pretests and posttests with a developmental checklist and a language survey indicated that the program succeeded in preparing these language minority students for kindergarten. Parent involvement and staff development components were also rated successful. (Contains 2 figures, 6 tables, and 27 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Affective Behavior, Cultural Awareness, Family Programs, Hispanic Americans, Language Minorities, Limited English Speaking, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Primary Education, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Two Way Immersion Programs, Urban Schools, Urban Youth
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.