ERIC Number: EJ689974
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Aug
Language Ideologies Mediating Literacy and Identity in Bilingual Contexts
Martinez-Roldan, Carmen M.; Malave, Guillermo
Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, v4 n2 p155-180 Aug 2004
This article presents a qualitative case study of a seven-year-old Mexican American student and his family. Using Critical Discourse Analysis, we examine both the child's emergent ideas about language, as expressed in bilingual literature discussions, and his parents' ideological discourses about the use of a minority language in public schools. Vygotsky's theory of learning oriented this research on language ideologies, focusing on how parents' ideological discourses shape both literacy development and identity formation in early childhood. Our findings illustrate the importance of looking beyond the classroom and school contexts to identify diverse factors that may affect children's development of biliteracy in early childhood, such as the role of language ideologies. This study demonstrates the complex relationships between literacy, language ideologies, and issues of identity within the broader contexts of controversies over bilingual education and official English laws in the USA.
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Ideology, Discourse Analysis, Official Languages, Mexican Americans, Language Role, Literacy, Children, Bilingualism, Bilingual Education
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