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By D. Kimbrough Oller, Rebecca E. Eilers

This booklet units a excessive normal for rigor and clinical method of the research of bilingualism and gives new insights concerning the serious problems with thought and perform, together with the interdependence of linguistic wisdom in bilinguals, the position of socioeconomic prestige, the impact of alternative language utilization styles in the house, and the position of education by means of single-language immersion in preference to systematic education in either domestic and aim languages. the wealthy panorama of results stated within the quantity will supply a body for interpretation and figuring out of results of bilingualism for future years.

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3. The National Research Council’s investigation (Meyer & Fienberg, 1992) assessing evaluation studies in bilingual education repeatedly expressed the interest of scholars in establishing random assignment studies. However, the panel of authors acknowledged that it was unlikely such an educational study could be conducted on any substantial scale for ethical and political reasons. Familial commitments to beliefs about the value of particular educational approaches are not easily modified, and if, in the course of a training study, parents choose to advocate a change for their children, it is not in the power of research scientists (nor should it be under our system of laws) to prevent them from making the change.

Thus the full Core Design called for children from High and Low SES categories and from both English Immersion and Two-way schools, and from OSH and ESH language backgrounds. In addition, monolingual English-speaking children who met the SES requirements were recruited from matching schools. The research team’s ability to match groups to the ultimate ideal was limited by where children in the various language groupings could be found. The controlling circumstance was that presented by the Two-way schools.

Results based on the particular pattern of two-way education studied here may not be entirely generalizable to other settings, but the schools chosen did represent an important focus of inquiry since they provided the opportunity to evaluate bilingual education in a wellestablished, economically thriving immigrant community. Hereafter in this volume, the term ‘Two-way’ will be capitalized when referring to the particular programs under study. The terms referring to the bilingual ‘English Immersion’ programs as well as the ‘Monolingual English’ programs that will be compared will likewise be capitalized.

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