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ERIC Number: EJ1003537
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0898-5898
"Dude, It's Not a Appropriate Word": Negotiating Word Meanings, Language Ideologies, and Identities in a Literature Discussion Group
Handsfield, Lara J.; Crumpler, Thomas P.
Linguistics and Education: An International Research Journal, v24 n2 p112-130 Jun 2013
This study explored how ideologies of language and literacy and social and academic identities were constructed and contested during a literature discussion. In the event, a group of five (and later six) boys in a fourth grade bilingual classroom attempt to identify an unknown word in their novel: booger. Microethnographic discourse analysis and analyses of participants' movements across the classroom were conducted, and interpretations were informed by spatializing theories of social practice and identities. Findings illustrate how the students' and teacher's physical and discursive moves involved the negotiation of multiple ideologies of language learning. Findings suggest the need for a deeper understanding of the micro-level processes in which academic and social identities and learning opportunities for students are forged. (Contains 4 figures and 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4
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Language: English
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