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Document Type

Dissertation - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)



First Advisor

David P. Baral

First Committee Member

Elmer Clawson

Second Committee Member

Longina Jakubowska

Third Committee Member

Ray Tom

Fourth Committee Member

Robert R. Hopkins

Fifth Committee Member

Gayle Woolley


Purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate selected family background factors, variables related to schooling, and student motivation factors of 90 reclassified former limited English proficient students from five ethnic groups: Cambodian, Chinese, Hmong, Filipino, and Hispanic.

Procedures: The following data were collected: background information on the students, interviews with students, and interviews with parents and teachers, and achievement scores. Statistical treatment of the data included Chi-square tests and analyses of Variance.

Findings: Among the findings of the study were the following: (a) most of the reclassified LEP students had been in the U.S. schools for 7 years or more, (b) while the majority of the students had been enrolled in bilingual programs, few had received extensive instruction in L 1, (c) most students expressed a desire to attend college, but many were uncertain that they would be able to reach their goal, and (d) the mean GPA's of the Hmong, Cambodian, and Chinese students surpassed the averages of the Hispanic and Filipino students.

Recommendations: Further studies comparing reclassified and non-reclassified students, more extended comparisons across ethnic groups, and better controlled studies of the treatments received by reclassified and non-reclassified students were recommended.



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