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Views of Secondary School Superintendents on Foreign Language Study: A Support-Constraint Analysis


  • Dominick DeFelippis

  • Dominick DeFilippis (Ph.D. candidate, University of Pittsburgh) is a graduate student assistant at the University of Pittsburgh.


ABSTRACT The writer conducted a support-constraint analysis among secondary school superintendents in western Pennsylvania to determine: 1) general attitude toward foreign language study on the secondary and college levels; 2) forces operating within the secondary schools which deter foreign language study; and 3) perceived reasons for the study of a foreign language. The overall results of this study indicate that district superintendents do not place a high value on the study of foreign languages either in the secondary schools or in colleges. Such findings suggest that efforts should be directed toward a reeducation of secondary school superintendents on the merits of foreign language study.