ERIC Number: EJ1120656
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Between Language as Problem and Resource: Examining Teachers' Language Orientations in Dual-Language Programs
Zúñiga, Christian E.
Bilingual Research Journal, v39 n3-4 p339-353 2016
Using a case study methodology, the article examines the language practices of two third-grade bilingual, dual-language education teachers as they prepare their students for their state's standardized assessment. Findings revealed that both teachers taught in between the contradicting tensions of the language-as-problem and -resource orientations that simultaneously valued bilingual language practices but also positioned bilingual education and development as problematic to success on an English state test. Without a more concerted effort toward Bartolomé and Balderrama's "ideological clarity" among educators and recentering of a language-as-right orientation in bilingual education, there is a danger that the benefits of bilingualism and the opportunity for bilingual development may not be extended to subjugated language communities.
Descriptors: Case Studies, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Bilingual Education, Bilingualism, Language Usage, Standardized Tests, English (Second Language), Language Tests, Language Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Spanish, Grade 3, Test Preparation, Civil Rights, High Stakes Tests, Ethnography, Observation, Participant Observation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
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