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ERIC Number: EJ1150294
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1931-3152
New to School and New to Print: Everyday Peer Interaction among Adolescent High School Newcomers
King, Kendall A.; Bigelow, Martha; Hirsi, Abdiasis
International Multilingual Research Journal, v11 n3 p137-151 2017
This article examines everyday classroom peer interaction among emergent multilingual high school students who are new to the United States, new to school, new to English, and new to alphabetic print literacy. Data were collected through observation and video recording within a daily 90-minute, English language and literacy block class over the course of one academic year in a public high school. All students were older adolescents (16-22 years of age) who had recently arrived from East Africa and had extremely limited or no previous formal schooling experiences. Our close analysis of classroom discourse within typical daily routines reveals how students provided feedback, recasts, and support during activities that are often considered to be noninteractive and teacher-led. Concomitantly, we demonstrate how students in some cases did not take up opportunities that were intended to generate peer interaction and to provide opportunities for negotiation of meaning and form. These findings point to the importance of critically examining peer interaction in everyday contexts and suggest the need to expand conceptions of productive activities and the characteristics of peer interaction among students who are new to basic print literacy skills and new to classroom language learning routines.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota
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