ERIC Number: ED425642
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
The Linguistic Minority Parents' Perceptions of Bilingual Education.
Lee, Stephen K.
A study examined linguistic minority parents' views on bilingual education, motivated by recurrent controversy surrounding public school provision of bilingual education for language minority students. Multiple-choice questionnaires in English and Spanish were answered by 299 Latino parents whose children were enrolled in bilingual education classes at six elementary and four middle schools in the Los Angeles (California) area. Responding parents had been in the United States an average of 13 years. About 73 percent of the children were foreign-born. The questionnaire asked about parents' understanding of the goals, objectives, and design of bilingual education programs and their views on appropriate Spanish and English language use in the bilingual classroom, desired language skills for their children, and preferences concerning bilingual and regular education. Results indicate that the majority (83 percent) supported bilingual education, and about three-quarters felt use of two languages facilitated development of English skills. Two-thirds reported that if given the option of enrolling their children in mainstream classes, they would prefer this placement. The questionnaires are appended. (Contains 10 references.) (MSE)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Bilingual Education, Educational Attitudes, Educational Objectives, Elementary Education, English (Second Language), Hispanic American Students, Hispanic Americans, Immigrants, Junior High Schools, Knowledge Level, Language Minorities, Language Role, Middle Schools, Multicultural Education, Parent Attitudes, Public Schools, Questionnaires, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Spanish, Student Placement, Surveys
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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