ERIC Number: ED405730
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Parents' Attitudes towards Dual Language Immersion Programs.
A study investigated parent attitudes toward a dual-language (Spanish/English) immersion program of bilingual education, in which both English-speakers and non-English-speakers are participating students and English is used no more than 50 percent of the time for instruction. The 20-item (agree/disagree format) survey elicited opinions from 200 parents concerning four program areas: cultural appreciation among peers; students' academic progress; the importance of learning a second language; and the importance of parent volunteerism. Results indicate most parents had a favorable attitude about dual-language immersion; over 90 percent were satisfied with the program and would recommend it to other families. Learning a second language was perceived as important by 97 percent. A similar percentage agreed that all schools should teach a second language and that children should speak English and Spanish fluently. While 97 percent were satisfied with their children's second language learning, only 95 percent were satisfied with their native language development. Most were also satisfied with their academic progress and enhanced cross-cultural attitudes and appreciation. Most supported parental involvement, although only about half had volunteered. Contains 11 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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