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ERIC Number: EJ895620
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul-20
Pages: 33
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1068-2341
Identity and Motivation among Hispanic English Language Learners in Disparate Educational Contexts
Lopez, Francesca
Education Policy Analysis Archives, v18 n16 Jul 2010
Perception of scholastic competence, perception of educational opportunities, motivation, and acculturative stress are student level variables that have been established in the relevant literature as predicting academic achievement. This study examined the degree to which those variables accurately predict student group membership in two districts (Texas and Arizona) with disparate language acquisition methods: Structured English Immersion (SEI) and Bilingual Education (BE) classrooms. The sample included 295 Hispanic English Language Learners (ELLs) in middle elementary school, ages 9-11. Students' perceptions of scholastic competence, perceptions of educational opportunities, motivation, and acculturative stress contributed to predict 73.3% of the participants' group membership. Post-hoc analyses of group differences resulted in moderately higher scholastic competence and perceived educational opportunities for ELLs in the Texas district, whereas acculturative stress, perceived discrimination, and maladaptive motivation scores were moderately higher for ELLs in the Arizona district. ELLs in the SEI group, however, also had slightly higher scores on adaptive motivation. Competing hypotheses and policy implications are discussed in the context of prior research. (Contains 6 footnotes and 5 tables.)
Colleges of Education at Arizona State University and the University of South Florida. c/o Editor, USF EDU162, 4202 East Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 33620-5650. Tel: 813-974-3400; Fax: 813-974-3826; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona; Texas