The shifting geographical patterns of foreign language enrollments in United States colleges and universities, 1960-1998

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Title:
The shifting geographical patterns of foreign language enrollments in United States colleges and universities, 1960-1998
Author:
Spindler, John Stefan
Issue Date:
2004
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
The determinants of foreign language enrollment in U.S. colleges and universities were modeled for ten study years between 1960 and 1998. The units of analysis were at two different geographic scales: the state and EA (Economic Area) levels. Developmental characteristics, foreign language study requirements, and foreign language availability were found to be the strongest determinants of absolute foreign language popularity, measured as the percentage of all college students in a given geographic area who study a foreign language. Demographic and geographic characteristics were found to be the strongest determinants of relative foreign language popularity, or the percentage of all foreign language students enrolled in a particular foreign language. Supply-side factors were of equal importance with demand-side factors in determining absolute foreign language popularity, but demand-side factors predominated in regards to determining relative foreign language popularity. Spanish displayed a distinctive pattern of determinants, consonant with its outsize share of enrollments.
Type:
text; Dissertation-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Education, Language and Literature.; Geography.; Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies.
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Geography and Regional Development
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Plane, David A.

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dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.titleThe shifting geographical patterns of foreign language enrollments in United States colleges and universities, 1960-1998en_US
dc.creatorSpindler, John Stefanen_US
dc.contributor.authorSpindler, John Stefanen_US
dc.date.issued2004en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe determinants of foreign language enrollment in U.S. colleges and universities were modeled for ten study years between 1960 and 1998. The units of analysis were at two different geographic scales: the state and EA (Economic Area) levels. Developmental characteristics, foreign language study requirements, and foreign language availability were found to be the strongest determinants of absolute foreign language popularity, measured as the percentage of all college students in a given geographic area who study a foreign language. Demographic and geographic characteristics were found to be the strongest determinants of relative foreign language popularity, or the percentage of all foreign language students enrolled in a particular foreign language. Supply-side factors were of equal importance with demand-side factors in determining absolute foreign language popularity, but demand-side factors predominated in regards to determining relative foreign language popularity. Spanish displayed a distinctive pattern of determinants, consonant with its outsize share of enrollments.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeDissertation-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectEducation, Language and Literature.en_US
dc.subjectGeography.en_US
dc.subjectSociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies.en_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGeography and Regional Developmenten_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorPlane, David A.en_US
dc.identifier.proquest3132259en_US
dc.identifier.bibrecord.b46708431en_US
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