NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ804999
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0256-8543
Peer-Learning Spaces: A Staple in English Language Learners' Tool Kit for Developing Language and Literacy
Bicais, Jeanette; Correia, Manuel G.
Journal of Research in Childhood Education, v22 n4 p363 Sum 2008
Children from linguistically and culturally diverse homes are faced with the ongoing challenge of performing well academically. Research suggests that children perform better when academic tasks are meaningful and culturally relevant. This study examines the ways in which English language learners claim their home and peer cultures in the classroom's unofficial space in order to create written texts that are meaningful. In our study, we found that within peer-learning spaces for writing, children asked for clarification, information, and task content, and this interaction helped them to produce written artifacts. This qualitative study suggests the need to plan peer-learning spaces for children to interact in during writing, which foster and advance their understanding of classroom writing practices. Peer-learning spaces allow teachers to encourage dialogue that weaves multiple home resources into school discourses. (Contains 3 figures and 1 table.)
Association for Childhood Education International. 17904 Georgia Avenue Suite 215, Olney, MD 20832. Tel: 800-423-3563; Tel: 301-570-2111; Fax: 301-570-2212; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A