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Endo, R. – Bilingual Research Journal, 2013
This ethnographic case study describes how three Japanese immigrant parents in a midsize urban community in the Midwest viewed heritage-language education in relation to their children's socioemotional development as bicultural Americans. The literature review offers a comparative and historical analysis of Japanese schools in the diaspora to…
Descriptors: Risk, Rewards, Ethnography, Case Studies
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Esposito, Alena G.; Baker-Ward, Lynne – Bilingual Research Journal, 2013
This investigation is an initial examination of possible enhancement of executive function through a dual-language (50:50) education model. The ethnically diverse, low-income sample of 120 children from Grades K, 2, and 4 consisted of approximately equal numbers of children enrolled in dual-language and traditional classrooms. Dual-language…
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Low Income, Executive Function, Elementary School Students
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Worthy, Jo; Durán, Leah; Hikida, Michiko; Pruitt, Alina; Peterson, Katie – Bilingual Research Journal, 2013
A substantial body of research has collectively concluded that encouraging students to draw flexibly on multiple aspects of their linguistic repertoires is positively associated with developing bilingualism, metalinguistic awareness, and academic skills. However, most bilingual education programs--including transitional and dual-language--limit,…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Metalinguistics, Bilingual Education Programs, Literature
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Puzio, Kelly; Keyes, Christopher S.; Cole, Mikel W.; Jiménez, Robert T. – Bilingual Research Journal, 2013
Although a variety of research has investigated the use and benefits of home language in school settings, research on using translation to support school learning is scarce. With the goal of designing a differentiated and culturally relevant strategy that supports the reading of bilingual students, we worked with seventh-grade students in pull-out…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Language Usage, Native Language, Bilingualism
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Hopkins, Megan – Bilingual Research Journal, 2013
This article examines the unique contributions that bilingual and bilingually credentialed teachers make to the instruction of emergent bilinguals in the United States. This mixed methodological study involved 474 teachers in Arizona, California, and Texas, which represent distinct language policy contexts. Results revealed that, irrespective of…
Descriptors: Bilingual Teachers, Mixed Methods Research, Educational Policy, Language Planning
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Celedon-Pattichis, Sylvia; Turner, Erin E. – Bilingual Research Journal, 2012
This study investigated Spanish-speaking kindergarten students' participation in mathematical discourse as they solved and discussed a range of word problems. Specifically, we draw upon sociocultural perspectives on mathematics learning to frame mathematical discourse and to examine specific teacher and student actions that seemed to support the…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Kindergarten, Word Problems (Mathematics), Spanish Speaking
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Lopez-Robertson, Julia – Bilingual Research Journal, 2012
Because schools place such high importance on text-based analysis often devoid of opportunities to draw on home knowledge, diverse ways of making meaning from books are often ignored. This qualitative study of a bilingual second-grade classroom examined the manner in which four young Latina students told stories about their life experiences in…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Hispanic American Students, Personal Narratives, Qualitative Research
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Soto Huerta, Mary Esther – Bilingual Research Journal, 2012
To examine the second-language reading development of 45 fourth-grade Latino bilinguals, a sequential mixed methods study was conducted in two phases (Creswell, 2009). The quantitative data collected in the first phase generated an index of the group's reading performance based on two grade-level assessments, a state-mandated standardized reading…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Informal Reading Inventories, Reading Strategies, Classification
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Ruiz, Nadeen T.; Barajas, Manuel – Bilingual Research Journal, 2012
The authors--a researcher in Latino educational issues and a sociologist specializing in migration--collaborated to more fully understand and explain the schooling circumstances of Mexican indigenous students. After elaborating a conceptual framework of transationalism, the researchers present three types of results: (a) critical understandings…
Descriptors: Indigenous Populations, Language of Instruction, Multilingualism, Migration
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Martinez-Alvarez, Patricia; Bannan, Brenda; Peters-Burton, Erin E. – Bilingual Research Journal, 2012
This research work examined the impact of a science-reading instructional sequence ("InSciRead") on fourth-grade Spanish-English dual language learners' ability to monitor their comprehension of content-related (erosion, deposition, and transportation) texts. We used a quantitative measure of students' ability to detect incongruities in a related…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Learning Strategies, Bilingualism, Elementary School Students
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Gort, Mileidis; Pontier, Ryan W.; Sembiante, Sabrina F. – Bilingual Research Journal, 2012
This exploratory study investigated the nature and distribution of dual-language preschool teachers' questions across parallel Spanish- and English-medium read-aloud activities. The notions of comprehensible input (Krashen, 1985) and language output (Swain, 1985), along with a reciprocal interaction model of teaching (Cummins, 2000), guided our…
Descriptors: Inferences, English (Second Language), Video Technology, Preschool Teachers
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Wesely, Pamela M.; Baig, Fatima – Bilingual Research Journal, 2012
This qualitative study explores how parents decide to enroll their children in one-way immersion programs and how the decision is made to continue in those programs at the middle/junior high school level. A total of 131 parents responded to a survey with open-ended questions about these two decisions. Analyzed thematically and within a conceptual…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Educational Opportunities, Self Efficacy, Immersion Programs
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Razfar, Aria – Bilingual Research Journal, 2012
Drawing on Cultural Historical Activity Theory (CHAT), funds of knowledge, and third space, this article presents a model for practitioners and researchers to think about how Latina/o, bilingual children develop explicit mathematics strategies through multilingual and multigenerational interactions. Using data collected through fieldwork in an…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Multilingualism, Bilingualism, Bilingual Students
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Pollard-Durodola, Sharolyn D.; Gonzalez, Jorge E.; Simmons, Deborah C.; Taylor, Aaron B.; Davis, Matthew J.; Simmons, Leslie; Nava-Walichowski, Miranda – Bilingual Research Journal, 2012
Shared book reading is a prominent practice in preschools; however, limited research has examined this practice in classrooms with English language learners (ELLs). This study investigated the shared book reading practices of seven preschool teachers of Spanish-speaking ELLs to describe their vocabulary instructional practices before and after…
Descriptors: Curriculum Implementation, Cues, Reading Aloud to Others, Vocabulary
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Hersi, Afra Ahmed; Watkinson, Jennifer Scaturo – Bilingual Research Journal, 2012
Many school districts in the United States have developed special schools or programs designed to meet the specific language, academic, and social needs of recent immigrant students. In this article, we examine the experiences of six immigrant students who were enrolled in a U.S. high school designed specifically for adolescent immigrants. Using a…
Descriptors: Special Schools, Immigrants, Teaching Methods, Case Studies
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