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ERIC Number: EJ1179194
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2377-9187
Enhancing Collaborative Learning: Activities and Structures in a Dual Language Preschool Classroom
Alanís, Iliana
Association of Mexican American Educators Journal, v12 n1 p5-26 2018
Changing demographics have led to a need for dual language teachers to adjust their pedagogy to best meet the needs of second language learners in dual language programs. However, the development of linguistic and cognitive skills for dual language learners continues to challenge early childhood teachers (Martinez, 2010; García & Kleifgen, 2010). With this in mind, it is important to explore effective pedagogical practices in dual language programs that encourage meaningful interactions with young bilingual learners (Garcia & Garcia, 2012; Gutiérrez, Zepeda, & Castro, 2010). This study used a qualitative methodology, including classroom observations and interviews, to investigate the teacher's role in establishing students' participation when partnered in pairs. Findings reveal the teachers use of visual and auditory scaffolding, strategic pairing of students, and intentional paired learning activities to enhance collaborative exchanges.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas
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