Teacher Education, Educational Leadership & Policy ETDs

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Regardless of the merits of introducing Spanish as a second language in the elementary schools of the state, it is obvious that certain preliminary information must be gathered before one could reach a decision as to the practicability of such a move. That is, even though it should be later agreed that the program is desirable, information must be at hand in such a program; therefore, it is the purpose of this study (1) to show the academic preparation in Spanish of the elementary grade teachers in New Mexico; (2) to determine in which counties the teachers are best prepared; (3) to deduce from the findings the section of the state in which the teaching of Spanish could be best introduced in the grades; and (4) to suggest in which part of the state the introduction of Spanish in the grades would be most feasible from a bilingual point of view.

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Elementary Education

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Department Name

Teacher Education, Educational Leadership & Policy

First Committee Member (Chair)

Everett Hays Fixley

Second Committee Member

John William Diefendorf

Third Committee Member

Francis Monroe Kercheville