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ERIC Number: ED550605
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 186
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2678-5972-3
Elementary World Language Programs: Current Existence and Value
Herbert, Sarah M.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Widener University
School districts across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have recognized the need for elementary world language programs. The intention of this research was to determine if school districts across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are utilizing elementary world language programs and discover the type of program models being applied. Additionally, this study will establish why school districts are choosing to keep or add such programming to their schools despite the focus on high stakes testing in specific subject areas both state and nationwide. A survey was sent to a sampling of Pennsylvania public elementary school principals to determine demographic information and elementary world language program existence. In addition, further information related to the specific program being applied was requested. The collected results were analyzed for any patterns that emerged related to the demographics. From the data that was collected, there was no relationship found between the demographics or characteristics of a particular school and the inclusion of an elementary world language program. Also, the researcher reviewed the feedback from the survey related to programming for the various schools surveyed. Of the two schools that indicated that they currently have a world language program, neither one applied a traditional model of instruction. Finally, reported benefits that districts provided for including elementary world language programs within their schools were examined. The researcher searched for any commonalities among these responses. Responses varied from participants. One principal indicated that they felt 21st century skills were being addressed; another reported that he/she felt the elementary world language experience helped students to perform better in other subject areas. The overall information collected could be used to better determine the appropriate elementary world language programming for a particular school district that is interested in adding this type of program to its existing curriculum. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania