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ERIC Number: EJ1153928
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1367-0050
Multilingual School Population: Ensuring School Belonging by Tolerating Multilingualism
Van Der Wildt, Anouk; Van Avermaet, Piet; Van Houtte, Mieke
International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, v20 n7 p868-882 2017
Societies have become super-diverse due to migration and globalization. Many mainstream classroom teachers feel managing the linguistic variety children bring to school is challenging. This often leads to restrictive language policies. Research on multilingualism has given us insight into the multilingual realities of pupils, which allows us to focus on how the integration of these realities in school life might affect pupils' academic results and well-being. This study examines how teachers' tolerant practices toward multilingualism might mediate the relationship between schools' linguistic diversity and pupils' school belonging. The survey data come from 67 Flemish primary schools, in which 1255 teachers and 1761 pupils participated. Stepwise multilevel modeling showed that teachers' tolerating practices towards multilingualism statistically compensate for the negative effects of linguistically diverse schools on school belonging.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium
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