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ERIC Number: EJ1062956
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-2325-663X
The Construction of Biliterate Narratives and Identities between Parents and Children
Kabuto, Bobbie
Global Education Review, v2 n2 p7-23 2015
This article highlights two bilingual families who participated in a larger study titled "Revaluing Readers and Families." Drawing on multiple theoretical perspectives to highlight the experiences of a Greek and English speaking family and a Spanish and English speaking family, this article explores how these two bilingual families created narratives and identities about biliteracy based on their perceptions of their children's bilingual reading abilities. Through a comparative analysis of multiple data sources that includes ethnographic observations, interview data, and miscue analysis data, this article investigates how the families co-constructed their children's biliterate identities by acting and reacting to their children's oral reading abilities in two languages. Instead of viewing biliteracy as an all-or-nothing enactment, the findings suggest that families generate narratives of biliteracy that allow them to define and defend their children's biliterate identities and abilities. The implications of this research for educational settings are also discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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