ERIC Number: ED420208
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
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Classroom Teachers' View of a Bilingual Program.
Martinez, Rita R.
A study sought: to identify regular classroom teachers' philosophies of bilingual education and the relationship of this philosophy to instructional decisions; to have teachers describe the operational details of the bilingual program in their school, and their perceptions of program effectiveness; and to have teachers describe the institutional context of their bilingual program. Subjects were 33 teachers in a single school who completed a survey. In addition, 12 of these teachers (two from each grade level) were selected for classroom observation and in-depth interviews based on a range of stated beliefs and philosophies about assimilation and cultural pluralism. Nine of the twelve teachers were Anglos; three were Hispanic. Analysis of results revealed three important levels in implementation of a bilingual program (school site, district, and state) and ways in which they affect teachers' experiences and views about bilingual programming. These findings are discussed. Questionnaire and interview questions are appended. Contains 59 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Diego, CA, April 13-17, 1998).