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ERIC Number: EJ1031373
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1463-9491
"¿Tu te Acuerdas de Ganchulinas?": Longitudinal Research with Young Emergent Bilinguals
Axelrod, Ysaaca
Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, v15 n2 p94-108 2014
Drawing on the work of Celia Genishi, this article discusses data from an ethnographic case study of young Latina/o children, starting in their four-year-olds classroom in a Head Start Program through their first grade year in a dual-language program in a public school. The children attended a bilingual Head Start program that followed a play-based curriculum and focused on the socio-emotional development of the children. The flexibility of the curriculum in this setting allowed time and space for the children to play and develop at their own pace, positioning them as knowers and learners. The children then moved into a public school setting with a narrow "literacy focused" curriculum, with strict boundaries established between languages and a narrower definition of what "counts" as literacy. In spite of this, these children continued to draw on their linguistic resources, making space for play and developing their identities as multilingual children in ways that are often not captured by the curriculum, but are visible to those who seek to listen to the children and see their strengths and growth over time.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 1
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Language: English
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