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McPake, Joanna; Stephen, Christine – Language and Education, 2016
This paper describes some of the findings emerging from a small-scale pilot study investigating the potential of a tablet app, "Our Story (Ar Stòiridh)," to enhance language-learning opportunities for children in Gaelic-medium preschool playrooms. The intervention drew on design-based research, a methodology for investigating the…
Descriptors: Immersion Programs, Second Language Learning, Preschool Teachers, Pilot Projects
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Hancock, Andy – Language and Education, 2016
This article draws on research carried out in a Chinese complementary school in Scotland. The research focused on children's experience of learning to read Chinese and on the strategies that they used to support their learning. Here, I provide an account of one particular aspect of this research, namely the creation of a dialogic space for…
Descriptors: Chinese, Community Schools, Teacher Student Relationship, Foreign Countries
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Smyth, Geri – Language and Education, 2016
This paper will offer a reflexive account of the research approaches used in linguistically and culturally diverse education contexts by an academic researcher from the hegemonic cultural mainstream. The discussion will cover some of the potential barriers to research with linguistically, ethnically and/or culturally diverse "others" and…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Ethnography, Photography, Cultural Pluralism
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Foley, Yvonne; Sangster, Pauline; Anderson, Charles – Language and Education, 2013
While internationally there is a growing body of work investigating mainstreaming of English as an additional language (EAL), this topic has not featured strongly in research in the United Kingdom, and there are only a few studies that focus on the extent to which government policies and prescriptions concerning EAL students are actually being…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Foreign Countries, Public Policy
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Hancock, Andy – Language and Education, 2012
This article builds on the growing research interest in complementary schooling in England and internationally but a field of study less well trodden in Scotland. It takes a socio-cultural view of literacy learning and demonstrates how in a Chinese complementary school in central Scotland, spaces are created for children of primary-school age to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Literacy, Teaching Methods, Reading Instruction
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Shoba, Jo Arthur – Language and Education, 2010
Research in multilingual classrooms demonstrates education as a key site within which social and linguistic values are shaped. This study extends such research by investigating language use in a Scottish primary classroom. Scots is widely spoken throughout Scotland, figuring in a 2003 Scottish Parliament report as one of two indigenous heritage…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Foreign Countries, Indo European Languages, Teaching Methods
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Hancock, Andy – Language and Education, 2006
This study investigates the attitudes and approaches to literacy in the homes of eight Chinese families settled in a region of Central Scotland. The Chinese parents in the study were interviewed at home, using the assistance of a bilingual teacher. The findings indicate that the Chinese parents have varied educational backgrounds and linguistic…
Descriptors: Literacy, Foreign Countries, Parent Attitudes, Cultural Influences