ERIC Number: EJ724697
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 41
Weighing the Evidence: A Meta-Analysis of Bilingual Education in Arizona
Rolstad, Kellie; Mahoney, Kate S.; Glass, Gene V.
Bilingual Research Journal, v29 n1 p43-67 Spr 2005
This article reviews the current policy context in the state of Arizona for program options for English language learners and produces a meta-analysis of studies on the effectiveness of bilingual education that have been conducted in the state in or after 1985. The study presents an analysis of a sample of evaluation studies (N = 4), which demonstrates a positive effect for bilingual education on all measures, both in English and the native language of English language learners, when compared to English-only instructional alternatives. We conclude that current state policy is at odds with the best synthesis of the empirical evidence, and we recommend that current policy mandating English-only and forbidding bilingual education be abandoned in favor of program choices made at the level of the local community. (Contains 6 tables.)
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Bilingual Education, Educational Policy, Bilingual Students, State Legislation, Program Evaluation, Program Effectiveness, Teaching Methods, Meta Analysis, English Only Movement
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona