[Federal Register Volume 62, Number 247 (Wednesday, December 24, 1997)]
[Pages 67540-67541]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 97-33598]

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Department of Education


The International Research and Studies Program; Publication of the 1997 
Annual Report; Notice

Federal Register / Vol. 62, No. 247 / Wednesday, December 24, 1997 / 

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The International Research and Studies Program; Annual Report

AGENCY: Department of Education.

ACTION: Publication of the 1997 annual report.


SUMMARY: Section 606 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as 
amended, authorizes the Secretary of Education to provide assistance to 
conduct research, studies, and surveys, and develop specialized 
instructional materials that further the purposes of Part A of Title VI 
of the HEA.


    Under the International Research and Studies Program, the Secretary 
of Education awards grants and contracts for--
    (a) Studies and surveys to determine the needs for increased or 
improved instruction in foreign language, area studies, or other 
international fields, including the demand for foreign language, area, 
and other international specialists in government, education, and the 
private sector;
    (b) Studies and surveys to assess the use of graduates of programs 
supported under this title by governmental, educational, and private 
sector organizations and other studies assessing the outcomes and 
effectiveness of programs so supported;
    (c) Comparative studies of the effectiveness of strategies to 
provide international capabilities at institutions of higher education;
    (d) Research on more effective methods of providing instruction and 
achieving competency in foreign languages;
    (e) The development and publication of specialized materials for 
use in foreign language, area studies, and other international fields, 
or for training foreign language, area, and other international 
specialists; and
    (f) The application of performance tests and standards across all 
areas of foreign language instruction and classroom use.

1997 Program Activities

    In fiscal year 1997, 21 new grants ($1,822,145) and 12 continuation 
grants ($962,523) were awarded under the International Research and 
Studies Program. All of these grants are active currently and will be 
monitored through progress reports submitted by grantees. Grantees have 
90 days after the expiration of the grant to submit the products 
resulting from their research to the Department of Education for review 
and acceptance.

Completed Research

    The first grants under the authority of section 606, previously 
authorized under section 605, were awarded in fiscal year 1981. Most of 
the research projects funded in FY 1981 through FY 1993 have been 
completed and reported in previous annual reports. However, a number of 
completed research projects resulting from grants made during prior 
fiscal years have been received during the past year. A listing of this 
completed research follows. Grants from fiscal years 1994, 1995, and 
1996 are still ongoing, or have recently expired.

               Title                           Author/location          
Analysis of pre- and post-Program    ACTR and Bryn Mawr College, 1776   
 Performance Data for Participants    Massachusetts Avenue NW,          
 in the American Council of           Washington, DC 20036, Dan         
 Teachers of Russian (ACTR)           Davidson.                         
 Semester Programs of Advanced                                          
 Russian Study in Moscow and St.                                        
The Foreign Language and             Georgetown University, Department  
 International Studies Program of     of Linguistics, 37th and O Streets
 Title VI of the Higher Education     NW., Washington, DC 20057, Richard
 Act Part A, Section 606: An          T. Thompson.                      
 Assessment Study.                                                      
Learning Strategies in Elementary    Georgetown University, Language    
 Schools Language Immersion           Research Projects, 2600 Virginia  
 Programs.                            Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20037- 
                                      1905, Anna Uhl Chamot.            
Teaching Materials Relating to the   Emory University, Middle East      
 Middle East for Middle and           Research, Program, 203 Bowden     
 Secondary School Teachers.           Hall, Atlanta, GA 30322, Kenneth  
                                      W. Stein.                         
Learner's Dictionary of Haitian      Indiana University, Ballantine Hall
 Creole.                              604, Bloomington, IN 47405, Albert
A Reference Grammar of Hausa.......  Indiana University, Institute for  
                                      the Study of Nigerian Languages   
                                      and Cultures, Memorial Hall 215,  
                                      Bloomington, IN 47405-6701, Paul  
Business Arabic--Language, Culture   The University of Michigan,        
 and Communication. Intermediate      Department of Near Eastern        
 and Advanced Levels.                 Studies, 3,074 Frieze Building,   
                                      Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1285, Raji    
Teaching about the Americas:         University of New Mexico, Latin    
 Electronic Curriculum.               American Institute, 801 Yale NE,  
                                      Albuquerque, NM 87131-1016, Roma  
                                      Arellano and Lisa Falk.           
Foreign Language Registrations in    Modern Language Association, 10    
 U.S. Colleges and Universities       Astor Place, New York, NY 10003,  
 Fall 1995.                           Richard Brod.                     
Foreign Language Enrollments in      American Council on the Teaching of
 Public Secondary Schools Fall 1994.  Foreign Languages, 6 Executive    
                                      Plaza, Yonkers, NY 10701, Jamie B.
                                      Draper and June H. Hicks.         
Textbook Component of a Russian      State University of New York at    
 Language Video Course When in        Albany, Office for Research       
 Russia.                              Administration 216, Albany, NY    
                                      12222, Sophia Lubensky.           
The China Curriculum Development     The American Forum for Global      
 and Dissemination Project.           Education, 120 Wall Street Suite  
                                      2600, New York, NY 10005, Hazel   
                                      Sara Greenberg.                   
Implementation and Evaluation of an  Carnegie Mellon University,        
 Innovative Japanese Program for      Department of Modern Languages,   
 Elementary School (FLES).            Baker Hall 160, Pittsburgh, PA    
                                      15213-3890, Richard Tucker and    
                                      Richard Donato.                   
Competency-Based Materials for the   University of Wisconsin, Department
 Teaching of Reading in Indonesian.   of South Asian Studies, Madison,  
                                      WI 53706, Ellen Rafferty.         

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Development of Instructional         University of Wisconsin, African   
 Materials about Africa for           Studies Program, 205 Ingraham     
 Elementary and Secondary School      Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive,     
 Levels of Education.                 Madison, WI 53706, James          

    To obtain a copy of a completed study, contact the author at the 
given address.

FURTHER INFORMATION: For a copy of this report and further information 
regarding the International Research and Studies Program, write to Jose 
L. Martinez, Program Officer, International Education and Graduate 
Programs Service, United States Department of Education, 600 
Independence Avenue, S. W., Washington, DC 20202-5247. Telephone 
number: (202) 401-9784.
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may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 
between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday.
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the application packages referred to in this notice in an alternative 
format (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) by 
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    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C.

    Dated: December 16, 1997.
David A. Longanecker,
Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. 97-33598 Filed 12-23-97; 8:45 am]