ERIC Number: EJ1214876
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
The Problems and Possibilities of Interest Convergence in a Dual Language School
Morales, P. Zitlali; Maravilla, Joanna V.
Theory Into Practice, v58 n2 p145-153 2019
The increase and popularity of dual language (DL) or two-way immersion programs nationally, and specifically in California, is due to the acceptability of bilingual programs that are inclusive of students whose first language is English, and who are typically of a White, middle-class background. This phenomenon can be explained through the idea of interest convergence, as discussed by critical race theorists. That is, social policies that benefit the minority population only change when they also benefit the dominant or majority population. We argue that in the case of DL programs, it is beneficial for both the linguistic minority group and the majority for interest convergence to be realized. This theoretical lens can actually be a helpful tool to view whether the interests of one group are being prioritized over the other, as is so often the case when there is a power differential between the two groups, such as White middle-class families and Spanish-speaking/Latino families.
Descriptors: Bilingual Education Programs, Immersion Programs, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Spanish, Native Speakers, Critical Theory, Language Minorities, Spanish Speaking, Educational Benefits, Hispanic American Students, State Legislation, Whites, Teaching Methods, Elementary Secondary Education, Race
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Proposition 227 (California 1998)