Type of Submission

Event

Graduation Year

2012

Location

Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

Start Date

9-4-2011 2:35 PM

End Date

9-4-2011 3:35 PM

Disciplines

Other Languages, Societies, and Cultures

Abstract

This study examines the differences in attitudes of teachers and university students towards bilingual education, with an emphasis on how each group defines bilingual education and what role they believe bilingual education should play. This study seeks to answer the following three questions: (a) How is bilingual education defined by different groups? (b) What is the envisioned purpose of bilingual education? and (c) How important is bilingual education within our school systems? The participants will consist of primary and secondary school bilingual education teachers and university students. Data will be gathered via a written questionnaire and interviews to determine general attitudes towards bilingual education. This information will be important in determining the level of support and understanding the people of Bloomington-Normal have towards the needs of the Spanish speakers in the community. The conclusions from this study may provide insight into the factors that affect the education of Spanish speakers.

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Attitudes Towards Bilingual Education: A Study of Educators and University Students in Bloomington-Normal, IL

Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

This study examines the differences in attitudes of teachers and university students towards bilingual education, with an emphasis on how each group defines bilingual education and what role they believe bilingual education should play. This study seeks to answer the following three questions: (a) How is bilingual education defined by different groups? (b) What is the envisioned purpose of bilingual education? and (c) How important is bilingual education within our school systems? The participants will consist of primary and secondary school bilingual education teachers and university students. Data will be gathered via a written questionnaire and interviews to determine general attitudes towards bilingual education. This information will be important in determining the level of support and understanding the people of Bloomington-Normal have towards the needs of the Spanish speakers in the community. The conclusions from this study may provide insight into the factors that affect the education of Spanish speakers.

 

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