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Improving Schooling for
Language-Minority Children

A Research Agenda

Diane August and Kenji Hakuta, Editors

Committee on Developing a Research Agenda
on the Education of Limited-English-Proficient
and Bilingual Students
Board on Children, Youth, and Families

Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
National Research Council

Institute of Medicine

NATIONAL ACADEMY PRESS
Washington, D.C. 1997

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Support for this project was provided by the U.S. Department of Education, as well as the Spencer Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Pew Charitable Trusts, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Andrew Mellon Foundation through a grant to Stanford University. The views expressed in this report do not necessarily reflect those of the sponsors.

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National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Developing a Research Agenda on the Education of Limited-English-Proficient and Bilingual Students.

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Includes bibliographical references and index.

1. Linguistic minorities—Education—United States. 2. Education, Bilingual—United States. 3. English language—Study and teaching— United States—Bilingual method. 4. Linguistic minorities— Education—United States—Evaluation. I. August, Diane. II. Hakuta, Kenji. III. Title.

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COMMITTEE ON DEVELOPING A RESEARCH AGENDA ON THE
EDUCATION OF LIMITED-ENGLISH-PROFICIENT AND
BILINGUAL STUDENTS

KENJI HAKUTA (Chair), School of Education, Stanford University

JAMES A. BANKS, Center for Multicultural Education, University of Washington, Seattle

DONNA CHRISTIAN, Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, D.C.

RICHARD P. DURÁN, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Santa Barbara

CARL F. KAESTLE, School of Education, University of Chicago

DAVID KENNY, Department of Psychology, University of Connecticut

GAEA LEINHARDT, Learning Research and Development Center and Department of Education, University of Pittsburgh

ALBA ORTIZ, College of Education, University of Texas, Austin

LUCINDA PEASE-ALVAREZ, School of Education, University of California, Santa Cruz

CATHERINE SNOW, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University

DEBORAH STIPEK, Department of Education, University of California, Los Angeles

DIANE AUGUST, Study Director

CAROLE SPALDING, Senior Project Assistant

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BOARD ON CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILIES

SHELDON H. WHITE (Chair), Department of Psychology, Harvard University

JACK P. SHONKOFF (Vice Chair), Heller Graduate School, Brandeis University

DAVID V.B. BRITT, Children's Television Workshop, New York City

LARRY BUMPASS, Center for Demography and Ecology, University of Wisconsin

FERNANDO A. GUERRA, San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, Texas

BERNARD GUYER, Department of Maternal and Child Health, Johns Hopkins University

ALETHA C. HUSTON, Department of Human Ecology, University of Texas, Austin

RENEE JENKINS, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, Howard University Hospital

SARA MCLANAHAN, Office of Population Research, Princeton University

ROBERT MICHAEL, Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago

PAUL NEW ACHECK, Institute of Health Policy Studies and Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco

MARTHA PHILLIPS, The Concord Coalition, Washington, D.C.

JULIUS B. RICHMOND, Department of Social Medicine, Harvard University Medical School

TIMOTHY M. SANDOS, TCI Central, Inc., Denver, Colorado

DEBORAH STIPEK, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Los Angeles

DIANA TAYLOR, Women's Health Program, Department of Family Health Care Nursing, University of California, San Francisco

GAIL WILENSKY, Project Hope, Bethesda, Maryland

EVAN CHARNEY (Liaison), Council, Institute of Medicine

RUTH T. GROSS (Liaison), Board on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Institute of Medicine

ELEANOR E. MACCOBY (Liaison), Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

DEBORAH A. PHILLIPS, Executive Director

ANNE BRIDGMAN, Program Officer for Communications

DRUSILLA BARNES, Administrative Associate

STACEY RELKIN, Project Assistant

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Contents

PREFACE

ix

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1

Overview

1

Review of Substantive Areas

3

Review of the Infrastructure that Supports the Research

4

Research Priorities: Substantive Areas

5

Research Priorities: Research Infrastructure

7

Conclusion

11

References

11

1 OVERVIEW

13

Purpose of this Report

14

Charge to the Committee

15

Terminology

15

Scope of the Report

16

Background

17

Organization of This Report

25

References

26

2 BILINGUALISM AND SECOND-LANGUAGE LEARNING

29

State of Knowledge

29

Research Needs

43

References

46

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3 COGNITIVE ASPECTS OF SCHOOL LEARNING: LITERACY DEVELOPMENT AND CONTENT LEARNING

53

State of Knowledge

53

Research Needs

71

References

76

4 THE SOCIAL CONTEXT OF SCHOOL LEARNING

85

State of Knowledge

85

Research Needs

101

References

103

5 STUDENT ASSESSMENT

113

State of Knowledge

113

Research Needs

128

Annex: Legislative Context for Standards and Assessment

132

References

134

6 PROGRAM EVALUATION

139

State of Knowledge

139

Research Needs

157

References

159

7 STUDIES OF SCHOOL AND CLASSROOM EFFECTIVENESS

163

State of Knowledge

163

Research Needs

189

Annex: Table 7-1, Studies of School and Classroom Effectiveness

197

References

244

8 PREPARATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF TEACHERS SERVING ENGLISH-LANGUAGE LEARNERS

251

State of Knowledge

251

Research Needs

266

References

270

9 ESTIMATING POPULATION PARAMETERS

275

State of Knowledge

275

Research and Infrastructure Needs

294

Annex 1: National Surveys and Data Collection Efforts

299

Annex 2: Variables of Interest for Monitoring English-Language Learner Progress

302

References

305

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10 ISSUES RELATED TO THE RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE

307

Issues about Process

308

Cross-Cutting Issues

319

Infrastructure Needs

326

References

340

11 PRIORITIES FOR RESEARCH

343

Research Priorities

345

Implementation of the Priorities

355

Conclusion

359

References

360

APPENDICES

 

A THE INFRASTRUCTURE FOR RESEARCH ON ENGLISH-LANGUAGE LEARNERS AND BILINGUAL EDUCATION

Diane August and Carl Kaestle

363

B FEDERAL AND STATE INTERVIEWS

413

C FUNDED RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

433

D COMMITTEE SOURCES

467

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND STAFF

471

INDEX

477

OTHER REPORTS FROM THE BOARD ON CHLDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILIES

487

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Preface

This report is the culmination of a process that began in September 1994 at a planning meeting to determine whether there was a sufficient knowledge base to inform the development of a research agenda on the education of English-language learners. Nine experts in language development, cognitive development, bilingual education, immigrant education, minority child development, education evaluation, and student demographics discussed existing research that has informed the education of English-language learners and bilingual students and identified knowledge gaps and promising directions for a possible study.

In response to the suggestions resulting from this meeting, a committee was established under the Board on Children, Youth, and Families of the Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (CBASSE) of the National Research Council (NRC) and the Institute for Medicine (IOM). Funding was provided by several offices within the U.S. Department of Education, the Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs, the Office of the Under Secretary, and the Office of Educational Research and Improvement. Funding was also provided by the Spencer Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Pew Charitable Trusts, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Andrew Mellon Foundation (through a grant to Stanford University).

Although this is the first NRC study on developing a research agenda on the education of English-language learners and bilingual students, it builds on three earlier NRC studies related to this topic.

Assessing Evaluation Studies: The Case of Bilingual Education Strategies (National Academy Press, 1992) recommended improving evaluation studies in

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bilingual education, calling for a three-step process entailing exploratory or qualitative studies to identify important program features; the development of competing theories, leading to sharply distinct proposals for programs; and the creation and assessment of these programs in tightly controlled comparative studies.

Cultural Diversity and Early Education: Summary of a Workshop (National Academy Press, 1994) considered the scope and the quality of research evidence on prekindergarten education of diverse populations of children. The report stresses an urgent need for more research on this population, as well as better coordination among agencies who fund this research. Some of the areas identified for future research include bilingual language instruction, effective educational practices, nonminority children as beneficiaries of cultural diversity, and the community context of multicultural education.

Research and Education Reform: Roles for the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (National Academy Press, 1992) addressed the question of how federally sponsored education research might better contribute to improving education in the nation and makes recommendations for legislation to reauthorize the Office of Educational Research and Improvement. It identifies a variety of obstacles, including the politicization of the research agenda; inadequate funding; lack of funding for investigator-initiated research; and various internal problems, such as a weak advisory council and frequent turnover in top administrative positions. Many of the report's recommendations were incorporated in the Educational Research and Improvement Act of 1994.

The charge to this committee, based in large part on the findings from the planning meeting, was to review what is known about the linguistic, cognitive, and social processes involved in the education of English-language learners; identify issues that are worthy of more focused attention; examine the strengths and weaknesses of various research traditions in the field; and make recommendations regarding research priorities, the research infrastructure, human resource issues as they concern the supply and diversity of scientists and educational personnel who work in this area, and the use of scientific evidence to inform and improve policy and practice related to the education of English-language learners.

The committee began the task by dividing the research terrain into five categories: language, literacy, learning, and social processes; assessment and evaluation; school- and program-based studies of effective instruction; teacher education and professional development; and national education statistics. Over the course of four meetings, a number of subgroup meetings, and numerous conference calls, the substantive issues in each of these areas were outlined and discussed, and the relevant literature was reviewed. Review materials prepared by committee members and staff, as well as background papers prepared by others, guided the initial discussions and in some cases were incorporated into draft chapters and reports. In cases in which the committee felt ill-equipped to conduct a full-scale review, outside papers were commissioned (see below).

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Infrastructure issues were addressed through a primary data collection effort, since published information in this area is not available. Study director Diane August, in consultation with committee member Carl Kaestle, gathered funding information from federal agencies and interviewed staff at these agencies, as well as staff in professional associations and directors of centers that conduct research on English-language learners. The results of their effort are presented in Appendix A.

At the beginning of the project the committee invited sponsors to share their goals for the project. We are grateful to Gilbert N. Garcia, from the Office of Educational Research and Improvement, and Eugene Garcia, formerly director of the Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs, for their thoughtful comments. We also thank Robert Siegler, Delia Pompa, and David Ramirez for participating on the committee at the beginning of the project.

The committee held one workshop and one open meeting. The workshop was designed to elicit advice from experts in educational research on language minority students and bolster the committee's knowledge base in certain areas, including social processes, effective schools and classrooms, and population estimates. The workshop participants prepared commissioned papers, which were discussed at the workshop. At the open meeting, advocates and representatives of professional organizations with a stake in bilingual education expressed their opinions and priorities. Several graduate students assisted with the project. They include Jennifer Merriman, who contributed to the section on subject matter learning in Chapter 3, and Joshua Rubin, who analyzed 1994 annual reports for foundations that fund substantial amounts of research for Appendix A and C. The committee is grateful to these presenters, consultants, readers, workshop participants, and technical reviewers for their contributions to our efforts; see Appendix D.

A few consultants deserve special recognition for their substantial contributions to various chapters: Claude Goldenberg for his work on effective schools and classrooms (Chapter 7), Miriam Gonzalez for her work on teacher education (Chapter 8), and Anne Hafner for her contribution on estimating population parameters (Chapter 9), and Lana Muraskin for her analysis of research supported through state departments of education in states with at least 6 percent English-language learner populations.

The committee wishes to acknowledge the support and assistance of officials from the federal and state agencies (see Appendix B) who graciously allowed us to interview them and provided us with background materials for our study of the infrastructure of research. Very special thanks are due to John Chapman from the U.S. Department of Education Budget Service for the many hours he spent helping us put together a table on Title VII funding for research over the last ten years.

The committee also benefited from the support of the staff of the Board on Children, Youth, and Families: Deborah Phillips's commitment to culturally diverse students made this project possible; Rosemary Chalk provided ongoing

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advice and encouragement; and Niani Sutardjo helped prepare the bibliography. Communications director Anne Bridgman was particularly helpful in the final stages of preparing the report and planning its dissemination. Special thanks are due to Carole Spalding, the project assistant, who provided the panel with excellent support in organizing the panel meetings, preparing agenda materials, and guiding the report from the first drafts to the published volume. We also thank editor Rona Briere, whose efforts contributed significantly to the presentation of the panel's views.

Most of all, thanks and acknowledgment of extraordinary effort are due to the members of the committee and our study director. In addition to participating in meetings and numerous conference calls and reading and reviewing hundreds of pages of studies and background materials, several members and staff took responsibility for the initial drafts of the chapters of this report. I thank Catherine Snow and Gaea Leinhardt for their work on Chapter 3; Lucinda Pease Alvarez, James Banks, and Catherine Snow for their work on Chapter 4; Richard Duran for his work on Chapter 5; David Kenny for his work on Chapter 6; Diane August and Donna Christian for their work on Chapter 7; and Alba Ortiz for her work on Chapter 8. Our work also benefited from the participation of Deborah Stipek, who served as a liaison between the committee and the Board on Children, Youth, and Families. Her expertise in education also contributed significantly to this report.

Kenji Hakuta, Chair
Committee on Developing a Research
Agenda on the Education of Limited-English-
Proficient and Bilingual Students

Improving Schooling for
Language-Minority Children

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In Improving Schooling for Language-Minority Children, a committee of experts focuses on this central question, striving toward the construction of a strong and credible knowledge base to inform the activities of those who educate children as well as those who fund and conduct research.

The book reviews a broad range of studies—from basic ones on language, literacy, and learning to others in educational settings. The committee proposes a research agenda that responds to issues of policy and practice yet maintains scientific integrity.

This comprehensive volume provides perspective on the history of bilingual education in the United States; summarizes relevant research on development of a second language, literacy, and content knowledge; reviews past evaluation studies; explores what we know about effective schools and classrooms for these children; examines research on the education of teachers of culturally and linguistically diverse students; critically reviews the system for the collection of education statistics as it relates to this student population; and recommends changes in the infrastructure that supports research on these students.

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