Monday, April 23, 2012

Subject: Proposal to complete a research paper that will result in an effective program designed to help Hispanic students, at a young age, to succeed academically by embracing their cultural and understanding the importance of education.   

I. Statement of Thesis and Project Summary:
With the high number of migrating families in the United States there has been an increase in Hispanic children in the public school system. These students tend to test below average on state test and have a high drop out rate. A lot of educators have wondered, what can be the cause for these high numbers of minority students performing poorly academically and what can be done to help. What I would like to focus on for this research is the cultural affect these students experience, broken down into three categories:  language, traditions, and environment. For my project I would like to research these three main categories and create a program that would benefit these students, based on my studies. In order to create a program that is effective I will research current programs, separating the pros and cons, to have a base of what my program should include. Along with this I will research the Utah School Curriculum to have knowledge of the regulation and expectations for Utah’s students. In the Utah School public school system English learners are sent to the special education classes. The main reason of the difficulties these students have is language base therefore; a program is needed for English language learners. My main focus will be the Hispanic students because they are the majority of the minority. As part of the program I create, my goal will be to embrace the culture, academically strengthen each individual so they will not feel isolated intellectually and create a foundation of the importance of education. 

II. Outlines:
1.     Introduction and presentation of thesis. 

2.     Language: To many of these students language can be a barrier and struggle.
     Language does shape the way an individual thinks and view the world.
*. How does language (Spanish) separate them from the others?

3.     In order for a program to work, the students must feel accepted for who they are and their traditions is what makes them different.
*. The cultural difference, that their parts have parents have passed down, may interferer with their academics.
-Such as responsibilities in the home, courtship, gender roles, and the level of importance of education.

4. The environment molds their habits and influences their beliefs of their self-esteem       and behavior.
      * What role do gangs and rebellion have in Utah public schools?
      5. Conclusion: Create a separate program from the Special Education program to help students with language struggles, always embracing their culture and respecting their traditions. 

III. Review of the Literature:

Many stories from books like Children of Immigration and Made in America focus on cultural challenges that Hispanic students experience at a young age, which affect their academics. Personally, experienced some of these challenges at an early age as well and it did not only affect me in school but also in my long term views of education. In Culture and Language as a Factor in Learning and Education, anthropological studies have proven that people with different cultural or linguistic background think differently. Perspective and views are shaped by our culture and I believe this is a factor that is missing when it comes to educating minority, such as Hispanics.  Based on previous programs, such as 1993 Andrew W. Foundation, which addresses the challenges that second language learners faces. Programs lack success do to the lack in staff, system of accountability and the organization. It is important for a program to have structure and order for it to achieve their goal. In Utah alone, in 2010, the population of Hispanics in the public school district was 86,301, making 15% of the total student population. The numbers are growing and the demand for an affective program is needed.

IV. Schedule
            1. First draft October 26, 2012
2. Final copyDecember 14,2012

V. Bibliography
Carola and Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozxo. Learning a New Land. 2008

Carola and Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozxo. The Children of Immigration in School. Harvard University Press. 2001.

Laurie Olsen . Made in America: Immigrant Students in Our Public Schools. 2008.

Lamber, Wallace E. Culture and Language as Factors in Learning and Education.
Layton, Stanford J. Being Different: Stories of Utah’s Minorities. Signature Books. 2001.
Spring, Joel. The American School. McGraw-Hill. 2001;
Rojas, Lauren Hill. The Effects of First Language Development on Second Language Acquisition Among English Language Learners. 2011.
 Utah State of Office. 2011.

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