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ERIC Number: EJ1090527
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Pages: 40
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0034-6543
Within- and Cross-Language Relations between Oral Language Proficiency and School Outcomes in Bilingual Children with an Immigrant Background
Prevoo, Mariƫlle J. L.; Malda, Maike; Mesman, Judi; van IJzendoorn, Marinus H.
Review of Educational Research, v86 n1 p237-276 Mar 2016
Sixteen meta-analyses were conducted to examine relations of typically developing bilingual immigrant-background children's oral language proficiency in their first and second language with the school outcomes of early literacy (k = 41), reading (k = 61), spelling (k = 9), mathematics (k = 9), and academic achievement (k = 9). Moderate to strong within-language relations were found for all school outcomes (0.22 < r < 0.43), and cross-language relations for early literacy and reading (0.12 < r < 0.22). Within-language relations were stronger than cross-language relations (0.14 < d < 0.35). Only 6 out of 96 moderator effects tested were significant. Based on our findings, we propose a task-dependent bidirectional transfer hypothesis: The strength of cross-language transfer depends on the type of language proficiency task and the type of school outcome. Stimulating oral language proficiency in both languages can be a key factor in improving school outcomes of bilingual immigrant background children.
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Language: English
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