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ERIC Number: EJ1130513
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1523-5882
"El pasado refleja el futuro": Pre-Service Teachers' Memories of Growing up Bilingual
Miller, Kyle
Bilingual Research Journal, v40 n1 p20-37 2017
This study examined the school memories of a cohort of bilingual pre-service teachers who experienced school as English Learners. As part of a course assignment, participants described a memory from elementary school and later used that memory to reflect on its future impact on their teaching. Data were inductively analyzed, and themes were identified that captured the struggles and promise of growing up as English Learners. The most robust themes were: (a) the vulnerability associated with school transitions, (b) embarrassing moments in the classroom, (c) English language acquisition, (d) turning points in students' education, and (e) pre-service teachers' call to teaching. Each memory-related theme was linked to anticipated dispositions and actions as bilingual teachers, as well as contrasted against the memories of pre-service teachers who experienced school as monolingual English speakers. Implications are offered for schools and practitioners.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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