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ERIC Number: EJ1169858
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1367-0050
Beliefs about Bilingualism, Bilingual Education, and Dual Language Development of Early Childhood Preservice Teachers Raised in a Prop 227 Environment
Garrity, Sarah; Aquino-Sterling, Cristian R.; Van Liew, Charles; Day, Ashley
International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, v21 n2 p179-196 2018
Despite the well-documented benefits of bilingualism, current educational practices in the United States reflect the deeply held belief that because the United States is an English speaking country, English should be the language of instruction. This belief was codified into law in California via the 1998 passage of Proposition 227, which banned bilingual education. The number of young dual language learners has continued to grow, however, and the need to work with these children is a reality that preservice teachers will face despite restrictive language policy mandates. Given the well-established relationship between teacher beliefs and practices, the purpose of this exploratory study was to use survey techniques to explore the beliefs about bilingualism, bilingual education, and dual language development of university students who attended public school in a Proposition 227 context. Findings indicate that despite favorable views on bilingualism and bilingual education and knowledge of dual language development, beliefs about the role of the native language in the school environment continue to reflect the hegemony and deficit-thinking embodied by Proposition 227. Reflecting the research in K-12 settings, Latino students and those who spoke more than one language had more favorable views about bilingualism and bilingual education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Proposition 227 (California 1998)
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