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ERIC Number: ED405726
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
The Importance of Learning English: A National Survey of Hispanic Parents.
The report summarizes a survey of 600 Hispanic parents, each with one or more children in grades 1-12, designed to document parents' experiences with school programs for limited-English-proficient (LEP) students and to ascertain their attitudes about the programs' goals and practices. Parents drawn from five metropolitan areas with large Hispanic concentrations (Los Angeles, California; New York, New York; Miami, Florida; San Antonio, Texas; Houston, Texas) were interviewed. They ranked five educational goals in this descending order of importance: (1) learning to read, write, and speak English; (2) academic subjects (math, history, science); (3) read, write, and speak Spanish; (4) Hispanic culture; (5) extras such as music, arts, sports. Most, particularly parents with students at higher educational levels, also preferred that students be taught English as soon as possible, even before Spanish. A large majority felt their children should be taught academic courses in English. Survey results are presented in narrative form and also in graphs and tables. The survey form is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Equal Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Note: The survey was conducted by Market Development, Inc., and an analysis was made by Diversified Research, Inc.