ERIC Number: ED246680
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Sep
Federal Support for Training Foreign Language and Area Specialists. The Education and Careers of FLAS Fellowship Recipients.
McDonnell, Lorraine M.; And Others
Data are presented on the recipients of Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships, a federally-funded program supporting specialist training at the graduate level. The information comes from two surveys, one of FLAS recipients who earned a Ph.D. between 1967 and 1979, and the second a sample of those who received FLAS fellowships between 1962 and 1978 and who either chose not to earn a Ph.D. or have not yet completed their doctoral studies. The study's purpose is three-fold: (1) to present a profile of fellowship recipients, their background characteristics, type and depth of graduate training, employment history, and the extent to which they currently use their language and area studies training; (2) to explain differences in the extent of language and area studies usage across occupational categories, world areas, degree cohorts, and academic disciplines; and (3) to identify the policy implications of the findings. It was found that although the training of the specialists has remained relatively static, major changes have occurred in employment and skill utilization patterns. The majority of recipients are currently teaching in colleges and universities, but the proportion has steadily decreased over cohorts, raising questions about whether or not recipients will be able to use and disseminate their skills. It is suggested that the program is in a transitional period and may need to be reshaped to reflect the current situation more accurately. Notes on data collection and the survey questionnaire are appended. (MSE)
Descriptors: Area Studies, Careers, Educational Policy, Federal Aid, Federal Programs, Fellowships, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Outcomes of Education, Public Policy, Second Languages, Specialization, Student Characteristics, Work Experience
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.