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ERIC Number: EJ927333
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 37
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 84
ISSN: ISSN-0895-9048
Contested Communities in a Debate over Dual-Language Education: The Import of "Public" Values on Public Policies
Dorner, Lisa M.
Educational Policy, v25 n4 p577-613 Jul 2011
This study examines how public debate can shape school district policy. Using qualitative methods and an interdisciplinary framework that weaves an interpretive approach to policy implementation with the language policy and planning literature, the analysis demonstrates that immigrant voices were mostly absent in a debate over a new dual-language program. Instead, English-dominant participants alluded to various "community" values and persuaded policy makers to implement dual-language classes throughout the district rather than in sites favored by policy advocates, including immigrant families. The article concludes that language policy implementation is a value-laden process in which public deliberation reflects dominant cultural "discourses," which can shape what a policy ultimately becomes. (Contains 5 notes, 2 tables, and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois