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ERIC Number: EJ954489
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-1550-7076
Stakeholder Views on the Roles, Challenges, and Future Prospects of Korean and Chinese Heritage Language-Community Language Schools in Phoenix: A Comparative Study
You, Byeong-keun; Liu, Na
Heritage Language Journal, v8 n3 p67-92 Fall 2011
This study examines stakeholders' perspectives on Korean and Chinese heritage language and community language (HL-CL) schools and education in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area, Arizona. It investigates and compares the roles, major challenges, and future prospects of Korean and Chinese HL-CL schools as viewed by principals, teachers, and parents. To conduct the comparative study, surveys were administered among Korean and Chinese teachers and parents from five Korean and five Chinese HL-CL schools in the Phoenix area. In an effort to strengthen the study's validity, we also chose two Korean and two Chinese community schools to conduct in-depth interviews with school administrators, teachers, and parents. The findings of this study show that both Korean and Chinese stakeholders viewed the HL-CL schools and their education as very important not only for maintaining children's HL-CL, but also to help them build a positive sense of cultural and ethnic identity. The findings also demonstrate that the schools face challenges of a high teacher turnover rate, teacher shortage, and lack of parental support. Despite the challenges, both ethnic groups' stakeholders expressed strongly optimistic views on the future prospects of their HL-CL schools. This study is significant because few previous studies extensively compared HL-CL schools in the two ethnic groups' community schools. The study also deepens the understanding of the stakeholders' perspectives of HL-CL schools and their education in the two communities. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona