Investigating Dual Language Models: A Case Study
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The general purpose of this research was to identify the characteristics, along with differences, of the dual language (DL) programs in elementary schools in two central schools in Texas. A secondary purpose was to analyze test scores over time of implementation on each campus within the districts that employs the DL model(s). Scores were accessed via state open-access databases to determine achievement patterns of such programs and types. A tertiary purpose was to investigate the number of students in the DL programs that also are served in gifted education programs. Every school has its own unique methodology and curriculum when it comes to DL education; as a result there is no certain consensus on which method works best (Lindholm-Leary, 2007). By investigating specifics such as state assessment results and gifted and talented ratios, I had quantitative data that pointed to which method that may yield the best results for students. I also was able to analyze and report qualitative, descriptive data about each program type within the schools. This research will provide valuable data about DL programs and may likely impact the DL curriculum that schools and school districts will decide to implement in their programs for second language learners.
Luevanos-Clemente, Ruby Nicole (2015). Investigating Dual Language Models: A Case Study. Honors and Undergraduate Research. Available electronically from