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ERIC Number: EJ828482
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-1521-0960
"She My Friend": Implications of Friend Ideologies, Identities, and Relationships for Bilingual Kindergarteners
Hruska, Barbara
Multicultural Perspectives, v9 n4 p3-12 Oct 2007
This study identifies how the contextual features of an elementary school setting shaped and often restricted bilingual kindergarten students' access to friendships within their grade-level English-dominant classroom. Data demonstrate how students utilized a teacher-designed lunch card routine to initiate, maintain, and display friendships in addition to indicating their lunch selection. Findings from the study prompted changes in my instructional practices as well as in the ESL and bilingual program design at the school in order to allow greater interaction between native English and native Spanish speakers. Implications of these findings include the significance of social relationships for language learning, for gaining status, and for motivating bilingual students to remain in school over the course of their K-12 education. (Contains 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A