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Polat, Nihat; Mahalingappa, Laura; Hughes, Elizabeth; Karayigit, Cebrail – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2019
This study examines the effectiveness of a specially designed intervention in changing preservice teacher beliefs about the education of linguistically diverse students. The experiment involved a semester-long online letter exchange with English learner (EL) pen pal partners from two public schools. The research questions included: What effect did…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, English Language Learners, Preservice Teachers, Teaching Methods
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Siffrinn, Nicole E.; McGovern, Kathleen R. – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2019
This paper explores the identity construction of multilingual and multidialectal middle school students in a semester-long youth participatory action research (YPAR) project. In particular, it moves beyond an emancipatory discourse that views youth identity development from a point of marginalization by drawing on Foucauldian notions of discourse,…
Descriptors: Participatory Research, Action Research, Self Concept, Social Change
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Lindholm-Leary, Kathryn – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2016
Considerable research documents students' outcomes in dual language (DL) programs, but there is little examination of students' perceptions of bilingualism and its impact on students' cognitive functioning and social relationships, especially with comparative studies across different target languages and student backgrounds. This study, which…
Descriptors: Bilingual Education Programs, Positive Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Native Speakers
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Johnson, Eric J. – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2014
In this discussion, I explore the unfolding effects of Arizona's anti-bilingual education law (Proposition 203) on schools with predominant language-minority student populations. Instead of facilitating academic progress, policies like Proposition 203 impede teachers from "scaffolding" (Long & Adamson, 2012, p. 39) their students'…
Descriptors: Language Minorities, State Legislation, Minority Group Students, Bilingual Education
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Bunch, George C. – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2014
Introducing a distinction between language of ideas and language of display as a means of reconceptualizing what counts as "academic" language, I examine one brief stretch of talk by a small group of linguistically diverse 7th grade students in a U.S. mainstream social studies classroom designed to maximize academic and language…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Language Usage, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning