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ERIC Number: EJ911167
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 39
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 73
ISSN: ISSN-0002-8312
Language and Literacy for a New Mainstream
Enright, Kerry Anne
American Educational Research Journal, v48 n1 p80-118 Feb 2011
This article presents cases of three young people who represent the "New Mainstream" of the 21st-century classroom as they engaged in a year-long research and writing project. Focal students were classmates who represented the linguistic and cultural diversity of today's New Mainstream: a transnational Mexican-origin bilingual female, an immigrant Mexican-origin bilingual female, and a Caucasian English-speaking male. Cases focus on the young people's language and literacy histories and key patterns related to their language use in school as examples of the complexity of students who represent the New Mainstream. Findings suggest the need for a reframing of the notion of "mainstream" and expanded definitions of academic language to better address the realities of New Mainstream classrooms. (Contains 2 notes and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 12; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California