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ERIC Number: EJ784059
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 27
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 66
ISSN: ISSN-0010-4086
Sociocultural Aspects of Russian-Speaking Parents' Choice of Language of Instruction for Their Children in Estonia
Kemppainen, Raija Pini; Ferrin, Scott Ellis; Hite, Steven J.; Hilton, Sterling C.
Comparative Education Review, v52 n1 p93-119 Feb 2008
The present research was undertaken to identify sociocultural variables that influence whether Russian-speaking parents living in Estonia choose Russian, Estonian, or bilingual (Russian and Estonian) instruction for their children. To examine which sociocultural variables are related to parents' choice of language of instruction, 346 Russian-speaking parents in three towns in Estonia were surveyed. Using a cross-sectional survey design, researchers collected data during the fall of 2001 in Estonia. Follow-up research conducted by Ulle Rannut tested further some of the findings of this study. Findings reveal that parents' own second-language proficiency was found to influence the type of school they chose for their children, supporting the importance of integration strategy in language behavior, as suggested by Schumann. The higher parents' proficiency in Estonian, the more likely they were to choose Estonian schools over Russian schools. (Contains 19 footnotes, 1 figure, and 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Estonia