ERIC Number: EJ1049541
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
"Why in This Bilingual Classroom … Hablamos Más Español?" Language Choice by Bilingual Science Students
Stevenson, Alma D.
Journal of Latinos and Education, v14 n1 p25-39 2015
This qualitative sociolinguistic research study examines Latino/a students' use of language in a science classroom and laboratory. This study was conducted in a school in the southwestern United States that serves an economically depressed, predominantly Latino population. The object of study was a 5th-grade bilingual (Spanish/English) class. The findings demonstrate the students' awareness of their own bilingualism, their preference for speaking Spanish, and their conceptualization of English as the language of academic success. Most significantly, this study reveals how the institutional context impacts both the teacher's and the students' behaviors, resulting in an implicit institutionalized bias against Spanish.
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Qualitative Research, Sociolinguistics, Hispanic American Students, Science Education, Classroom Environment, Laboratories, Language Usage, Economically Disadvantaged, Bilingualism, Preferences, Spanish Speaking, English (Second Language), English for Academic Purposes, Institutional Characteristics, Bias, Spanish, Interviews, Transcripts (Written Records), Language Dominance, Self Efficacy, Family Relationship, Peer Influence, Teacher Behavior, Elementary School Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States