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ERIC Number: ED505432
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 65
Abstractor: As Provided
Geographies of Hope: A Study of Urban Landscapes, Digital Media, and Children's Representations of Place
James, Michael Angelo; Hull, Glynda A.
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(Purpose) The purpose of this study was to examine the short-term effects of a two-way bilingual education program on the literacy development of students from kindergarten to 12th grade. (Methodology) The community and groups of children were compared in terms of their academic achievement in English language arts. The Urban Landscapes included students from low-income communities and with limited English proficiency (LEP) or lacking basic skills as well as students who were not LEP. One group of students was instructed in English approximately 70% of the time and in Spanish approximately 30% of the time in a two-way bilingual education (Extended Foreign Language [EFL]) program. The academic performance of these students was compared with that of a group of students who attended the schools in other areas were compared with children outside of the area. Participants were and other groups children from school age groups of kindergarteners, compared with 41 other kindergarten students, and 57 first graders, compared with 71 other children from other areas and graders. (Results) Results indicate that after one year of the intervention, there were statistically significant differences between the two groups only in sight vocabulary (at kindergarten and grade 1) and in alphabet (kindergarten). In all other areas of language development, there were no statistically significant differences between the achievement scores of the two groups. (Conclusions) Results show that students in the EFL program make adequate academic progress, confirming the usefulness of communication and representation of space and place. The program in reducing the achievement gap between LEP students and others. (Recommendations) Educators need to increase their knowledge of the effects of instructional programs on the language acquisition of LEP students in order to improve the students' academic development and understanding of space and place shows that Urban Landscapes and digital Media play a role in a child's representation of self and place. (Contains 6 figures and 19 notes.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California