ERIC Number: EJ1020657
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Language Diversity and Language Policy in Educational Access and Equity
Tollefson, James W.; Tsui, Amy B. M.
Review of Research in Education, v38 n1 p189-214 Mar 2014
This article examines the role of language policies in mediating access and equity in education. By examining a range of research and case studies on language policies, the authors explore how educational language policies serve as a central gatekeeper to education itself, as well as to quality education that may fundamentally depend on language ability, not only for literacy and classroom interaction but also for textbooks, materials, assessment, and other language-related aspects of education. The analysis offers an argument for placing language policies at the center of debates about educational access and equity, as well as a broad range of sociopolitical processes that shape learners' educational achievement.
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Equal Education, Access to Education, Educational Policy, Academic Achievement, Case Studies, Literacy, Classroom Communication, Language Proficiency, Instructional Materials, Student Evaluation, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Language of Instruction, Foreign Countries, Chinese, Native Language, Bilingual Education, Mandarin Chinese, Indonesian, International Education, Higher Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Social Differences, Indo European Languages, Global Approach
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