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Author Chang, William David, author.
Title Perceptions on the impact of K-5 Mandarin foreign language instruction on students' academic, attitudinal, and cognitive development / by William David Chang.
Published [Northridge, California] : California State University, Northridge, 2011.

 Electronic Book  LB2369 .Z962 2011 C43eb    ONLINE
Description 1 online resource (x, 197 pages) : forms.
Content Type text
Format online resource
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Thesis Ed.D. California State University, Northridge 2011.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-185).
Summary The purpose of this qualitative research study on two elementary Mandarin foreign language programs in a large urban school district is threefold: (1) to develop an improved understanding of existing research on elementary school foreign language programs; (2) to examine two Mandarin world language programs at two elementary schools in order to understand their instructional practices; and (3) to explore the perceptions and attitudes held by administrators, teachers, and parents involved in the two programs regarding the impact Mandarin instruction has on students' academic, attitudinal, and cognitive development. This dissertation study focused on interviews conducted with school site administrators, teachers, and parents, as well as classroom observations and a review of collected program documents. The study found that elementary schools can choose from several types of program models for foreign language instruction documented in research literature. Additionally, the study found a wide array of instructional practices specific to each Mandarin program. Lastly, this research study showed that, while administrators', teachers', and parents' perceptions and attitudes varied, they were unanimous in their belief that the attitudinal impact on students was most evident, and that more time is required to provide concrete evidence of positive impact on students' academic and cognitive development.
Note Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (viewed on December 09, 2011).
Subject Chinese language -- Study and teaching (Elementary)
Local Subject Dissertations, Academic -- CSUN -- Education -- Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.
OCLC number 850948819