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ERIC Number: EJ833786
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-1534-8431
Exploring Third Space in a Dual-Language Setting: Opportunities and Challenges
Fitts, Shanan
Journal of Latinos and Education, v8 n2 p87-104 Apr 2009
This study examined the ways that 5th graders and their teachers constructed third spaces in bilingual and bicultural communities of practice in a dual-language school. Students and teachers used students' funds of knowledge to connect with and transform academic tasks and discourses and to create third spaces. In transformational third spaces, students' personal experiences were merged with official discourses to inform the curricula and enrich learning. However, the linguistic and cultural resources of the bilingual students were not fully capitalized upon; thus, crucial moments that offered potential for learning and discovery were underutilized. (Contains 6 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A