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ERIC Number: EJ1126649
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0026-7902
Identity Development in the Ancestral Homeland: A Chinese Heritage Perspective
Jing-Schmidt, Zhuo; Chen, Jing-Yun; Zhang, Zhen
Modern Language Journal, v100 n4 p797-812 Win 2016
This study examines the lived experiences of identity of 4 Chinese Heritage Language (CHL) students participating in a year-long study abroad program in China. In a narrative inquiry, we draw on 2 mutually complementary theoretical frameworks--the Theory of Communities of Practice (Wenger, 1998) and Self-Categorization Theory (Turner et al., 1987)--to shed light on the individual trajectories of identity development, which cannot be fully unveiled by proficiency assessment. By exploring the behavioral, socio-psychological, and discursive dimensions of CHL identity in the ancestral homeland, which is largely overlooked in CHL research, this study contributes to a more comprehensive theory of CHL development. It also provides empirical grounding for meaningful intervention in study abroad programming and pre-departure preparation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Security Education Program (NSEP)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China
Grant or Contract Numbers: NSEPU631073UOCHNK12